Northern California Sees 60-Vehicle Pileup on I-5

Holiday traffic can be bad — but the pileup on the Oregon border early Wednesday was disastrous, involving about 60 cars. Do you take extra precautions while driving over the holidays? Or try to avoid it altogether?

A 60-vehicle pileup on Interstate 5 in Northern California caused a traffic nightmare Tuesday night, lasting through early Wednesday morning.

A stretch of I-5 was closed following a collision at about 6:15 p.m. in the town of Yreka on the Oregon border. Officials estimate that around 60 cars were involved.

When California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene, the chain of crashes was still happening, according to the Contra Costa Times.

There were no fatalities, but CHP says eight people were transported to hospital. Two suffered serious injuries.

The cause of the pileup has yet to be determined, but it may have been the icy roads, accoriding to CHP.

If you're planning on taking a road trip over the holidays, the CHP offers a list of winter driving safety tips, especially when heading into snowy areas.

Do you take extra precautions when driving over the holidays? Or try to avoid it altogether? Have you ever had a bad experience while heading out of town for the holiday season, or coming back? Comment below.

Jan B December 24, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Hwy 12 is awful in the rain at night. Thankfully most are slowing down during the construction. The people who weave in and out at high speeds on I80 are crazy.You can tell which people are striking up to Tahoe. Tahoe is not going anywhere folks, take it easy.
Julio J December 24, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I try to avoid extreme driving hazards such as ice, heavy fog and extreme rain. Especially on big highways with big rigs, and a crowd of drivers who can't agree whether they should slow down or maintain speed in such conditions.as we have seen over and over, causing massive pileups. Even if I were the best driver, I don't trust others to make smart decisions under bad conditions. Like Jan B said, please wait it out, or you could be forced to wait it out.


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