Death, Injuries and Near-Misses Reported on an Icy Stretch of I-5

Interstate-5 was covered in a sheet of ice on Monday morning, leading to a crash that saw an emergency vehicle tossed from the roadway and down an embankment.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2019 7:56 PM
Updated: Feb. 22, 2019 10:02 AM

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says "watching out for you, this is newswatch 12's emma balkenbush is live at cal fire headquarters in yreka. she tells us why dispatchers say the extremely busy morning was a rarity. they might not be the ones out on the side of the interstate but the people behind the scenes here at cal fire have just as important as a job. and this morning they tell me they were slammed. at one point they were handlg 6 car accidents at once. one of those crashes killed an 81 year old mount shasta man. chp says he lost control on i-5 and crashed into a tree in a drainage canal. this interagency office is the only fire and ems dispatch center for siskiyou county. they handle calls for all 29 volunteer agencies. since this is an interagency center - u-s forest service members are here too. their dispatchers lent a helping hand to cal fire to handle the influx of calls. the e-c-c battalion chief tells me that doesn't happen a lot. [a12]siskiyou co i5 snow madness-sotvo "we average probably 20 calls a day in that 24 hours, we probably had 20 calls in the first hour this morning between 7 am and 8 am." those icy wrecks also caused the grenada volunteer fire department to lose a rescue truck. take a look at these pictures. chp says the truck was responding to a rollover when a big rig lost control and slid into the side. the impact pushed the truck over an embankment and totaled it. thankfully - no firefighters were in the truck at the time. i'm told many local fire departments down here are reaching out to grenada fire to see how they can help. cal fire was able to help crews get their equipment off the truck and get back safely. those are just a few of the crashes responders dealt with this morning. chp says there were about 16 accidents just within a three hour period. they want to remind drivers to take it slow and remember you can't always see that ice. reporting live in yreka, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. turning now to chief meteorologist
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