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Highway 12 reopens after crash between 2 big rigs results in major injuries, CHP says

A major-injury collision involving two semitrucks has closed Highway 12 traffic in both directions Monday morning in south Sacramento County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A major-injury collision involving two semitrucks has closed Highway 12 traffic in both directions Monday morning in south Sacramento County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

11:30 a.m. update: Traffic in both directions of Highway 12 reopened just before 11:30 a.m., Caltrans said in a tweet, but heavy congestion in the area is expected to last through about 12:30 p.m.

Original story:

A major-injury collision involving two semi-trucks has closed Highway 12 in both directions Monday morning in south Sacramento County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big-rig crash was reported just after 7:20 a.m. on westbound Highway 12 between Terminous and Jackson Slough roads, according to CHP’s incident log.

As of 7:45 a.m., all lanes of traffic remained closed as crews awaited an air ambulance, set to land on the highway within 30 minutes, to transport at least one victim suffering major injuries, CHP said.

Eastbound traffic was expected to reopen about 9:30 a.m., with the westbound lane expected to stay closed through about 11 a.m., Caltrans said in tweets.

A male victim required extrication from one of the vehicles, and one of the trucks briefly caught fire, which was put out via fire extinguisher, according to the incident log.

The Rio Vista Fire Department said in a Facebook post it assisted the River Delta Fire District in a “heavy extrication” operation involving one patient following the collision.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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