ELK GROVE --Criss-cross chaos on Interstate 5 just past Elk Grove ended in tragedy for one driver and tied up the highway for hours.
The CHP says it all started with an Oldsmobile just before 8 p.m.
According to investigators, its driver, 23-year-old Matthew Micenheimer of Stockton, was headed northbound when it rear-ended a semi and lost control, careening across the center divide.
It then hit another semi hauling lumber in the slow lane on the southbound side, getting stuck partially beneath it between the front tires and the door of the cab.
A Subaru in the southbound fast lane hit them both, before the lumber truck and Micenheimer's car ricocheted back across the center divide.
That semi ended up overturning on the northbound side.
The Oldsmobile detached and caught fire, killing Micenheimer -- the only injury between all of the crashes.
Traffic on northbound I-5 has been reduced to one lane as the CHP investigates.
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