SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Slick roads are making for a messy commute all over Northern California with multiple car accidents, spinouts and big rig crashes.
A jack-knifed big rig on northbound Interstate 5 at J Street caused a massive backup late into the Wednesday morning commute.
The big rig collided with a black Honda SUV at about 9 a.m. The truck was leaking diesel fuel, creating a hazardous materials situation on the section of the freeway known as the “boat section.”
Emergency crews cannot close the storm drains on the freeway because that section of freeway has a tendency to flood. Sand trucks were requested, but because of the traffic backup and location of the crash, the sand trucks were having trouble getting to the accident site.
The Nos. 1 and 2 lanes of the freeway were reopened at 11:15 a.m. as Caltrans workers sanded down the roadway and all lanes were reopened about 1 p.m.
Another accident in Sutter County took hours to clear. The California Highway Patrol says speed, not weather, caused a big rig to overturn and spill its load of rice off of Highway 99 near Howsley Road.
The truck flipped on its side, dumping rice. The tractor trailer had a canvas top holding in the rice, which gave way when the truck overturned.
No injuries were reported.
Spinouts and multiple car accidents were being reported all over the Bay Area and Sacramento area.