Tuesday night, December 18th, the foggy, freezing weather caused a 60-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County.
At 6:18 p.m. the California Highway Patrol received a report according to which as semi truck crashed into a concrete wall after the driver lost control of the vehicle on black ice. A witness told officials that right after she passed the semi truck she heard the vehicle hit something, then several other crashes. When she got to the nearest rest stop she called 911. By the time the police arrived there were 15 vehicles involved in the crash.
“It’s about one mile’s worth of damaged vehicles on I-5,” said Suzi Brady, information officer for the Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit.
She added that the vehicles had various amounts of damage and that at least 30 of them had to be towed. At about 6:30 p.m. in the crash were involved about four cars and five big rigs. Denise Yergenson, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation said that the Southbound I-5 is open to controlled traffic, but the northbound lanes are closed at Yreka.
No fatalities have been reported, but passengers have suffered minor and moderate injuries. People were transported to the fairgrounds by buses and the Red Cross is also assisting.
“A multicar accident north of Yreka has left dozens of motorists stranded. As of 9:30 Tuesday night, nine people had arrived on a bus with more expected to arrive throughout the evening,” said Eric Kiltz, emergency services coordinator with the Red Cross.