I-5 reopens after fatal crash, 4-hour closure

California Highway Patrol is reopening I-5 to northbound traffic. (Mike Marut/News 10)

UPDATE (10:10 a.m.):

California Highway Patrol is reopening I-5 to northbound traffic.

According to California Highway Patrol Sergeant Scott Yox of the Yreka division, a Reddaway semi truck hit a median on Interstate-5 and jackknifed going down Anderson Grade.

The Reddaway driver was able to get out of the semi. It was early morning at the time, and still dark. Some time later, another truck attempted to pass between the median and the jackknifed semi truck, however, this is when the second truck driver hit the Reddaway driver. The collision was fatal.

While the second truck driver was aware that he had hit something, he did not know it was a person at the time, according to Yox. That driver pulled off at the next possible rest stop, and it was then that he was able to see the damage to the truck.

Multiple people called in to report this morning's crash. It closed the northbound lanes of I-5 for roughly four hours.

While Yreka CHP has made calls to the Siskiyou County District Attorney regarding any charges, it's unknown at this time if any will come to the second driver.

According to Yox, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office will be handling the release of the driver’s identity once next of kin is notified.

Yreka CHP wants to warn drivers to be careful on the roads, especially Anderson Grade where it can get particularly slick in this weather. They have responded to a number of crashes and accidents the past few days. Yox noted that despite the speed limit being 65 - 70 depending on location, drivers shouldn’t be going that fast in winter weather conditions.

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ORIGINAL

According to California Highway Patrol, a fatal crash is blocking lanes on Interstate 5 in the Yreka area.

The crash involves big rig trucks.

At this time, CHP says northbound lanes are closed.

News 10 is following this story Thursday morning and will provide updates throughout the day.

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