WOODLAND, Calif. (KTXL) — A big rig blocked northbound Interstate 5 at the Yolo Bypass early Friday afternoon as its cab dangled off the side of the road.
The Woodland Fire Department said two people inside the truck were trapped and had to be rescued from the cab with a ladder. Neither person was injured.
Mike Tariq thought he was being smart by taking surface roads. However, Caltrans and California Highway Patrol crews diverted traffic off I-5 and onto Old River Road, the same road he was trying to use to get around the traffic.
“I saw the long line and also while looking at the red line on Google Maps, so it means something happened there. So I decided to take off,” Tariq said. “That was bad too because a lot of people were there.”
While crews worked to reopen the freeway, southbound traffic also slowed heading from Woodland to Sacramento, with the backup reaching Woodland itself.
Frank Holden told FOX40 he made the mistake of trying to get some drive-thru for lunch but couldn’t get across the street due to a never-ending line of cars.
“You have to go all the way that way, cut across, and then go out in the country to come back around this way,” Holden said. “You can’t get back on 102 to come into town.”
By 3:30 p.m., the truck was cleared but only from one lane, making for a slow commute for hundreds.
Crews are still working to fix the guardrail.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.