A crash on Interstate 80 in West Sacramento that snarled commute traffic Tuesday evening involved five vehicles, including a big rig with an empty tank trailer.
The preliminary California Highway Patrol investigation reveals that the tanker truck driver was driving eastbound on I-80, west of Reed Avenue, about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when he failed to slow and then crashed into a pickup. The pickup was sent into the the center divider where it overturned, end-over-end.
The big rig continued down the freeway, hitting a car. The car, which eventually became lodged under the big rig cab, then hit another car.
A sport utility vehicle was hit by flying debris. The highway eventually fully opened after the CHP investigation was completed at the scene and vehicles were cleared.
The big rig driver suffered moderate injuries, as did the driver of the first car hit. The driver of the second car hit complained of pain to his neck and head.