Traffic was backed up on northbound Interstate 5 near Twin Cities Road in south Sacramento County late Wednesday afternoon after a truck pulling a travel trailer went off the roadway into a slough.
The crash occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the truck and trailer were northbound on I-5 when for some reason – possibly a medical condition – the driver drove off the east side of the roadway, down an embankment and into Middle Slough. Bradley said the vehicle was in about 4 feet of water and the trailer overturned.
An off-duty CHP officer from Hayward was among the first people on scene and went down the embankment into the water to aid the truck driver until fire department personnel arrived. He said a ladder truck was used to reach the driver and bring him up the embankment. The man was taken to Twin Cities Road and airlifted from there to an area hospital.
Bradley said the driver, the only occupant of the truck, was in his late 60s and was from Apple Valley in Southern California. He said no information was available on the man’s condition.
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Lanes of I-5 were blocked for a time by rescue vehicles. The roadway was fully reopened shortly after 5 p.m.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.