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Here’s how chain-reaction crash on wet Cap City Freeway happened

Capital City Freeway at Marconi.
Capital City Freeway at Marconi. Caltrans

An early Wednesday morning crash involving passenger cars and a big rig near the Marconi curve on eastbound Capital City Freeway occurred when a gentle morning rain created slippery pavement.

Light rain began to fall around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the first precipitation of the month in Sacramento. The first vehicle crashed into the center divider at around 5 a.m. and came to a stop facing in the opposite direction of travel in the fast lane.

A second vehicle could not stop in time and collided into the first vehicle. The next three vehicles swerved into each other and a big rig. The CHP responded to the scene and started investigating, according to Officer Chad Hertzell.

While officers were at the scene, another minor collision occurred between a big rig and a passenger car. A driver of a pickup suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital.

At one point all lanes were shut down. At 5:23 a.m., the fast lane opened and shortly before 6 a.m. all lanes opened.


Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews