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Elk Grove man killed in I-5 big rig crash identified

A northbound big rig sits in the southbound lanes after it crossed over the median on the rainy Interstate 5 striking a southbound pickup, killing its driver at Fruitridge Road and Seamas Avenue on Monday, December 10, 2015, in Sacramento.
A northbound big rig sits in the southbound lanes after it crossed over the median on the rainy Interstate 5 striking a southbound pickup, killing its driver at Fruitridge Road and Seamas Avenue on Monday, December 10, 2015, in Sacramento. rpench@sacbee.com

The name of the man killed when his pickup was slammed into by an out-of-control big rig Thursday morning on Interstate 5 has been released.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified him as Elijah Jackson, 45, of Elk Grove.

The crash on the rainy freeway occurred about 6 a.m. and closed northbound lanes at Fruitridge Road and Seamas Avenue. All lanes of northbound Interstate 5 reopened Thursday evening.

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The double-trailer Federal Express truck was traveling on southbound I-5 in heavy rain when the driver lost control of her rig, hit the center retaining wall and crossed over into the northbound lanes.

The big rig struck a pickup driven by Jackson that was northbound. The driver of the FedEx truck, which was empty, was not injured.

Traffic backed up for miles during Thursday’s morning commute.

CHP Officer Michael Bradley explains what happened Thursday morning in the crash involving a Fed-Ex truck and a pickup.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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