STOCKTON (CBS13) – Another rash of accidents is being blamed on dense fog in the Valley, including a fatal crash in Stockton on Tuesday morning.
The problems started well before sunrise when a man trying to push a disabled car off of Interstate 5 in Stockton was hit and killed. The accident happened on southbound I-5 just north of March Lane around 3:30 a.m.
The man was outside his disabled vehicle trying to push it out of the roadway when another driver slammed into him, pinning him under the car and killing him.
CHP says the driver of the other vehicle was traveling about 60 mph and did not see the disable car in the dense. The driver says he tried to swerve but it was too late.
“We do have indications that the headlights were on, but due to the dense fog and low lighting conditions, a vehicle coming along at 60 miles an hour or less is on top of it in no time,” CHP Sgt. Troy Rivers said.
Witnesses had originally told CHP that there was a second person inside the disabled car. Officers closed the freeway as they searched for a possible second body but later determined there was only one person involved.
Minutes later, a second crash occurred in just about the same spot. A car rear-ended a big rig near Benjamin Holt Drive. A third accident was reported on the northbound side of I-5.
“Since the Thanksgiving weekend, fog has been extremely dense and we’ve been fortunate there haven’t been further instances of this,” said Sgt. Rivers.
In Roseville, investigators are not sure if fog played a part in a serious accident that happened around 7 a.m on Roseville Road. Officers say a sedan drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a big rig.
The driver of the sedan was rushed to the hospital with unknown injuries. The big rig driver had minor injuries.