Traffic piles up on I-5 after logging truck loses load, crushing pickup

Travelers in Shasta County had to wait for hours as crews worked to remove massive logs from the roadway.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 1:43 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 1:59 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Both lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked in Shasta County due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a big rig on Tuesday morning. Caltrans District 2 first reported the crash around 10:30 a.m. approximately five miles north of Lakehead.

According to CHP, a big rig carrying logs crashed and overturned on an overpass above I-5 near Dog Creek Road. The logs spilled onto the interstate and struck a Toyota Tundra pickup heading southbound on I-5.

"Luckily the driver of the Tundra has minor injuries and was transported to Mercy. The truck driver has no injuries," CHP said.

At around 1:30 p.m., Caltrans tweeted that the southbound lanes were clear, though traffic backups of "approximately 6 miles" remained.

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