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Truck Driver Killed By Passing Vehicle in I-5 Crash North of Yreka

The California Highway Patrol said there was a fatality from a crash 'involving big rigs.'

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 6:47 AM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 5:54 PM

YREKA, Calif. —

UPDATE: In a statement released on Thursday evening, California Highway Patrol (CHP) revealed the preliminary results of an investigation into the fatal incident that shut down I-5 northbound for hours.

Soon after 5 a.m. on Thursday morning, CHP dispatch received a 911 call about a "jack-knifed big rig blocking lanes on I-5 northbound" between Anderson Grade Summit and Collier Rest Area.

When troopers arrived on the scene, they found a Reddaway semi-truck towing double trailers that was blocking the right lane of I-5 northbound. On the right shoulder, CHP said they found a dead man.

"There were no vehicles located at the scene of the collision," CHP said.

During the investigation, the officers determined that the dead man had been the driver of the Reddaway Truck, who had slid "into the hillside." When the driver got out of his truck, he was struck and killed.

CHP searched the area to find the vehicle that had struck the driver, eventually finding a 35-year-old truck driver from Sacramento driving a 2016 Volvo Truck a few miles away. Upon interviewing the man, the officers came to believe that it was his truck that had hit the other driver.

The victim was identified as a 59-year-old man from Galt, California.

CHP said that the incident remains under investigation, and any witnesses with more information should contact the Yreka CHP Office at (530) 842-0530.

"We would like to remind motorists that the safest place to be after a collision is in your vehicle with your seatbelt fastened. If there are no injuries, pull to the right shoulder and wait for CHP response," the agency said.

(Updated 2/28/19 at 5:30 p.m.)

UPDATE: Investigators believe that a fatal incident on I-5 near Yreka this morning resulted from two incidents, one immediately after another.

The driver of a semi hauling a double trailer was heading north of I-5 when he lost control on the icy roadway, causing the truck to jack-knife and block most of the freeway, CHP told NewsWatch 12.

When the driver got out of his truck, CHP said that he was then struck and killed by another passing commercial driver.

NewsWatch 12 will bring you more details on the incident as they emerge.

(Updated 2/28/19 at 11:45 a.m.)

UPDATE: I-5 northbound is now reopening at Yreka, according to a post from CHP. The process will begin with troopers escorting through traffic that has been stuck on the freeway.

(Updated 2/28/19 at 10 a.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: All lanes of I-5 northbound are closed at the north end of Yreka due to a fatal collision "involving big rigs," according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Most details remain unconfirmed at this time, but Caltrans indicated that the closure involved a jack-knifed truck.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 has a reporter on the scene working to gather more information.

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