The crash of big rigs in the rain Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 downtown made the morning commute a mess for south area residents.
The first crashed occurred downtown when a United Parcel Service big rig crashed around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, immediately snarling traffic as vehicles slowly maneuvered around the crumpled cab of the rig that apparently hit a freeway divider.
By about 5:30 a.m., a big rig tow truck had arrived at the scene on northbound I-5 near the J Street off ramp. However, after the tow truck was able to pull the wrecked big rig from I-5, crews had to deal with the spill of about 125 gallons of diesel fuel on the freeway pavement.
Lanes opened several hours after the crash was reported.
Another big rig crash at 5:45 a.m. also backed up traffic on northbound and southbound I-5 near Seamas Avenue. The Raley’s supermarket big rig came to rest atop the center concrete freeway barrier rail.
Crews were able to haul the crashed big rig away and clean up the smashed concrete. All lanes are clear.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.