Man hospitalized with major injuries after westbound I-80 car crash

A man was sent an area hospital with major injuries Tuesday morning after crashing his car into a heavy duty pickup truck on westbound Interstate 80 just west of Watt Avenue, said Chad Hertzell, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

The crash, which was first reported at about 8:25 a.m., initially blocked three lanes of traffic and wasn’t resolved until just before noon, Hertzell said.

The collision happened as the two drivers were traveling in the second lane of the highway and traffic started to slow. The driver of the pickup truck, a Ford S540, was driving ahead of the man in a Cadillac Escalade and slowed down with traffic, he said.

“The traffic starts slowing down and the (Ford S450) starts to slow down, but the driver of the Escalade does not,” Hertzell said. “It looks like a crash by distraction.”

The Sacramento Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, as well as several tow trucks.

Hertzell said the driver in the pickup truck was not injured.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets