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Wrong-way crash on I-5 in Siskiyou County ends with one dead, two seriously injured

California Highway Patrol said that the driver of a 2012 Maserati was heading southbound on I-5 northbound when they struck a pickup head-on at Klamath River Bridge.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 5:07 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2021 5:14 PM

YREKA, Calif. — One person is dead and two others seriously injured after an apparent wrong-way crash along I-5 northbound in Siskiyou County on Monday, according to California Highway Patrol.

CHP dispatch received a call from a passing motorist shortly before 12:30 p.m., reporting a two-vehicle collision involving a truck and a car on I-5 northbound on the Klamath River Bridge. CHP officers responded to the scene and immediately started lifesaving efforts for several people involved in the crash.

During the initial response, other CHP officers rerouted traffic off I-5 at Highway 96, where drivers were able to bypass the bridge and get back on the freeway north of the crash. I-5 northbound was reopened shortly after 3:30 p.m., according to Caltrans.

The initial CHP investigation found that the driver of a dark grey 2012 Maserati four-door sedan was driving southbound on I-5 in the northbound lanes "at an undetermined speed." At the same time, the driver of a 2016 Ford F-250 was heading northbound at 65 miles per-hour.

CHP said that the driver of the F-250 saw the Maserati coming, and tried to swerve into the adjacent lane. The Maserati driver swerved in the same direction, and the two crashed head-on.

In spite on efforts to save them, the driver of the Maserati was pronounced dead at the scene. Two people in the F-250 received major injuries and were transported from the scene by Mount Shasta Ambulance.

The crash remains under investigation by Yreka CHP. Anyone who witnessed the crash or saw either vehicle just prior to the crash is asked to call (530) 842-0530 and speak with Officer Golden.

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