Yolo County News

Southbound I-5 near Zamora reopens; big rig carrying ice cream overturns

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Zamora have reopened following a four-hour closure for an overturned big rig that was loaded with ice cream.

The crash occurred at 12:10 p.m. as the driver of the tractor trailer combination was traveling southbound, approaching County Road 13, the Zamora off-ramp. He was traveling approximately 60 mph in the fast lane and passing another tractor trailer combination that was in the slow lane.

As the driver completed the passing maneuver, he started to change lanes back to the slow lane. As he did so, the tractor trailer combination jerked hard to the left, toward the center median. When the driver attempted to stay in the fast lane by turning hard to the fight, he was unable to maintain control of the tractor trailer. It overturned onto its left side and slid along the roadway and center median, coming to a stop next to the Zamora off-ramp.

The trailer was loaded with approximately 50,000 pounds of ice cream bound from Portland, Ore., to Woodland.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Woodland Memorial Hospital

Both southbound lanes were closed as a result of the crash, and for cleanup and removal of the tractor trailer. Traffic was rerouted to the County Road 13 exit and back onto the on-ramp from County Road 13 to southbound I-5. The traffic lanes were reopened at 4:20 p.m.

Zamora is about 11 miles northwest of Woodland in Yolo County.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy