ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Two big rigs and two other vehicles, including a Caltrans truck, crashed in a chain-reaction accident on northbound Highway 99 in Elk Grove on Thursday morning.

The accident happened just before 8:50 a.m. on Highway 99 at Elk Grove Boulevard after a big rig slammed on its brakes to avoid slowed traffic but hit the Caltrans truck. That triggered a chain reaction in which the truck hit a Scion, which banged into another big rig.

All northbound lanes were blocked for nearly two hours. The first lane was reopened at about 10:40 and the Nos. 2 and 3 lanes were reopened shortly before noon.

No one was seriously hurt in the accident, but one of the big rigs dumped its load, a sticky substances used for pretreatment before laying asphalt, according to CHP Michael Bradley, who said “it’s like glue.”

Traffic was backed up for miles as CHP diverted northbound traffic off the highway at Elk Grove Boulevard.

The Caltrans truck, a Ford F-150, sustained heavy rear-end damage.

Comments (6)
  1. Please learn to drive says:

    When will all you braindead drivers understand that it takes a big rig truck much longer distance to come to a stop. Why do you all have to keep cutting off these big rig drivers, leaving them with not enough room to stop safely. Maybe when one of you morons get smeared across the front of a Mack truck, the rest of you might, MIGHT, slightly understand that you can NOT keep cutting them off.

    By the way, I am not a big rig driver, but have seen the evidence and have read the statistics from the D.O.T. sites.

    1. claims adjuster says:

      “a big rig slammed on its brakes to avoid slowed traffic ” and you assume someone cut the big rig off… it is just as likely the driver of the big rig was following too closely or being inattentive and didn’t leave himself enough room to stop safely…. statistics aside it’s best to reserve judgements until facts are known

  2. Mace says:

    LOL…just stop texting and talking on cell phones

  3. rmcsticks says:

    Elk grove needs to get rid of that stupid diamond lane it does’nt work and it has a lot to do with the wrecks that happen every dame day… Elk Grove is to small to have a diamond lane and the city just uses it a revenue lane. I commute through Elk Grove every day and the commuter lane is used very little and packs to many cars in the rest of the lanes……

    1. Ann says:

      then start CARPOOLING!!!! That’s what the Diamond lane is for.

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