I-5 lanes reopen after fiery, wrong-way crash at I-80 connector in Natomas

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The Latest – Tuesday, Nov. 30

7:40 a.m. 

All southbound I-5 lanes have reopened.


Original story below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Interstate 80 connector are closed in Natomas due to a fiery, wrong-way crash.

A wrong-way driver in a sedan crashed head-on into a big rig around 1:40 a.m., the California Highway Patrol told FOX40. Both vehicles became engulfed in flames.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital, CHP said. The driver of the sedan had major injuries and the big rig driver had minor injuries.

Officials suspect alcohol played a role in the collision.

The Caltrans camera near the West El Camino Avenue exit shows a mess of debris covering the lanes. 

“There was a small diesel spill that’s been handled. The commercial big rig truck had lots of construction materials and some things that needed to be taken care of and cleaned up,” CHP Sgt. Jeff Carlisle told FOX40. “There’s not going to be a danger to drivers once this is opened up.”

”DUI driving causes lots of damage, lots of deaths. Please drive safely please be aware of the dangers of driving under the influence and don’t do it,” Carlisle added.

CHP has placed flares on the southbound side of I-5 to guide drivers onto I-80.

Caltrans expects the lanes to reopen at 8 a.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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