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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.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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