A crash on northbound Interstate 5 north of Flores Avenue involving three big rigs resulted in the closure of the northbound lanes of the freeway for more than an hour on Tuesday, and four people were transported to area hospitals, one with major injuries.
California Highway Patrol reported there was heavy traffic in the northbound lanes of the freeway due to a previous incident near Flores Avenue with vehicles slowing, when around noon on June 11 Edgar Rodriguez Cruz, 62, of Livingston, driving a 2013 Freightliner big rig hauling a flat-bed trailer, came to a stop in the right-hand lane.
Stopping behind Cruz was a 2017 Freightliner hauling a box trailer driven by Courtney L. Williams, 22, of Apopka, Fla.
Coming up on Williams’ big rig was a 2015 Freightliner big rig driven by Baljinder Kular, 42, of British Columbia. CHP said Kular applied his brakes when he saw the stopped semi truck in front of him but was unable to stop in time and slammed into the back of box trailer in front of him. The impact demolished the cab of Kular’s rig and caused a domino effect of the big rigs stopped in front of Kular to slam into each other.
Kular, suffering major injuries, had to be extricated from the big rig, which had reportedly caught fire, and was transported by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Redding. Williams, her passenger, Telvin Sauveur, 23, of Orlando, and Cruz were all transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, CHP said.
The crash closed both northbound lanes of the freeway for more than an hour with traffic diverted to Highway 99W at the Gyle Road off ramp, followed by just one lane opening while CHP investigated the crash and for clean up of debris. Caltrans and Tehama County sheriff’s deputies assisted in traffic safety during the incident.