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GLENN COUNTY, Calif. -Just after midnight on Saturday morning a tractor-trailer was been driven northbound on Interstate 5, just south of the County Road 60 overcrossing in Glenn County. A California Highway Patrol officer said the driver lost control of the semi and it overturned, blocking both lanes of the Interstate heading north.
The officer said an SUV that was traveling behind the semi then collided into it, causing injuries to the driver and one passenger, and causing the death of an 11-year-old boy who was in the back seat. He never made it to a hospital, as he died at the scene.
The boy was one of two passengers in the Tacoma. A female adult passenger received major injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. The driver, a 49-year-old man from San Jose, received minor injuries.
The SUV driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver of the semi-truck was a 58-year-old male from the state of Washington. He also received minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for more than eight hours on Saturday morning, while traffic was diverted around the wreckage.
(Photos courtesy of Sarah Tripp)