Northbound I-5 reopens near Flores Avenue
A crash on northbound Interstate 5 north of Flores Avenue involving three big rigs and a passenger vehicle resulted in the closure of the northbound lanes of the freeway and four people transported to area hospitals with injuries today around 11:45 a.m.
California Highway Patrol reported the freeway was partially reopened around 1:15 p.m.
According to CalTrans information, the passenger vehicle caught fire while traveling north on the freeway. That car was then hit by a big rig traveling behind it, which in turn caused a domino reaction of two other big rigs re-ending each other.
The last big rig in the crash apparently failed to see the slow down of the semi-truck in from of it and slammed into the trailer of that vehicle at a fairly high rate of speed, demolishing the cab of the third big rig.
The CHP traffic incident page reports the driver of the third big rig was trapped in the cab as it caught on fire. Travelers stopped to try and extricate the driver who suffered major injuries.
Updates on this story will be posted in the Corning Observer's next edition.