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Sacramento man stepped in front of big rig on Interstate 5 in Elk Grove

A Sacramento man who stepped into the path of a big rig on southbound Interstate 5 in Elk Grove Saturday morning is alive but in critical condition, according to Officer Michael Bradley, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

He said authorities were investigating the incident as a possible suicide, though the investigation is ongoing.

The crash was reported to the CHP just after 10 a.m. and shut down all lanes of the highway for about 30 minutes near the Elk Grove Boulevard off ramp.

Bradley said the man was driving a white Toyota Camry when he pulled over to the right shoulder of the highway. He got out of the car and stepped into the path of the big rig.

“He suffered a major hit but to last knowledge, he is still alive at this point,” Bradley said.

The driver of the big rig truck was interviewed and then released by the CHP, facing no injuries, according to Bradley.

Southbound traffic was diverted off at Laguna Boulevard, roughly a mile north of the Elk Grove Boulevard exit.

One lane reopened by 10:30 a.m. All lanes were cleared by 10:45 a.m.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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