Transportation

Major traffic jam on I-5 near Pocket area following 4-car pileup, CHP says

A four-car pileup gridlocked traffic on northbound Interstate 5 in the Pocket area Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A collision involving three or vehicles was reported in the middle lane of I-5 just south of Sutterville Road at about 7:15 a.m., according to the CHP incident log.

The two right lanes of traffic were closed at 7:45 a.m. because tow trucks were unable to move one or more vehicles, according to the incident log. Both lanes were reopened about 8:15 a.m., CHP said.

Only minor injuries were reported, according to the CHP.

Caltrans cameras showed morning traffic crawling on northbound I-5 for several exits, with congestion seen as far south as Elk Grove Boulevard. Travel time from Elk Grove to downtown was around 1.5 hours.

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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