Rain Creates Havoc on Valley Roads

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Emergency workers responded to dozens of weather-related accidents Tuesday on rain-soaked roads all over northern California.

At about 6:15 a.m., the driver of a big rig lost control and went down an embankment off Northbound Interstate 5. He and his passenger were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Further north on the same freeway, another big rig jackknifed later in the morning. One person was injured. The northbound lanes of I-5 were completely shut down for a portion of the afternoon while crews cleaned up nearly 50 gallons of fuel that spilled from the crash.

FOX40 also saw a pickup truck down an embankment near Howe Avenue and US 50 in Sacramento. The two occupants of the vehicle were able to walk away appearing unharmed.

In each of the examples listed above, emergency responders said driver speed was a factor.

"If they'd slow down, I would say a good percentage of these collisions that are occurring today would not happen," said CHP officer D. Hernandez.