60-vehicle pileup on I-5 stretch in Siskiyou County, California

By on Dec 19, 2012 in United States, World Comments

A 60-vehicle pileup on Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County on Tuesday night, December 18, 2012 was due to the icy roadway and foggy weather, according to a CBS Sacramento report.

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Interstate 5 sign
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The two-mile northbound stretch of I-5, between Yreka and Hornbrook, was reportedly closed down due to the multiple vehicle pileup.

Yreka temperature was reportedly at a low of 21 degrees and forecasters expects snowfall in the area.

According to initial report at the California Highway Patrol’s incident website at 6:18 p.m., the pileup started after a mini-truck lost control and hit a concrete wall.

Authorities were alerted by witnesses who called 911 at the nearest rest stop.

As of posting, authorities were still on a clearing operations and simultaneously investigating the 60-vehicle pileup on I-5.

No timetable was made available on when the I-5 stretch will reopen.

Reports say that a temporary shelter was placed at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka.

Multiple injuries were reported, with seven individuals taken to different hospitals near the area.

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