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Two men die when their truck hits big rig stopped in traffic on I-5

Cargo truck cab lifted onto tow truck after fatal crash

Tow truck drivers remove the cab of a smashed cargo truck after a fatal crash Wednesday morning on northbound Interstate 5 north of Laguna Boulevard.
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Tow truck drivers remove the cab of a smashed cargo truck after a fatal crash Wednesday morning on northbound Interstate 5 north of Laguna Boulevard.

Two men were killed when a small cargo truck slammed into the trailer of a big rig Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 in south Sacramento County.

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The driver of the cargo truck was northbound on I-5 north of Laguna Boulevard about 5:30 a.m. when the crash occurred. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said that the big rig was slowed and then stopped for an earlier crash in the same direction on I-5 when the rig was rear-ended.

A 31-year-old man from Hollister and a 21-year-old man from Gilroy in the cargo truck died at the scene.

After a crash between a cargo truck and a big rig on I-5 near Laguna Blvd in Elk Grove left two dead, traffic on the freeway slowed down as drivers passed by the scene of the accident.

CHP Sgt. Aaron Rohner said that the big rig was in the slow lane when the crash occurred. The big rig driver could feel the cargo truck hit his trailer.

“After feeling that impact, he didn’t realize how bad the collision was but he moved his vehicle out of the No. 3 lane onto the shoulder,” Rohner said. “Once he got out of his vehicle he realized that he was dragging another vehicle.”

Northbound I-5 was backed during the morning commute as traffic slowly made its way past the crash. All lanes re-opened at around 8:15 a.m., according to the CHP.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Aaron Rohner provides details about a deadly crash Wednesday morning on northbound Interstate 5 north of Laguna Boulevard.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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