By Shirin Rajaee

NATOMAS (CBS13) —A freeway fight in Natomas ended with two drivers dead, and I-5 closed for hours.

It started just before 4 a.m. Sunday when two cars were involved in an accident near the Del Paso exit on northbound I-5.

According to CHP, both drivers stopped near Del Paso Road and began to fight.

Police say one of the drivers died in the fight due to blunt trauma and the other was struck by a passing car.

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“There was a fight between two individuals that was moving northbound… there was a blunt object used.” Officer Mike Zerfas said.

Shaken by what she saw, one witness who did not want to be identified, spoke to CBS13 by phone.

She says she was driving to work early Sunday morning when she noticed traffic was stopped on I-5.

“I look over to my right and there’s a body in the middle lane… at that point, I panicked and was trying to protect the body with my car, so the other vehicles wouldn’t run him over,” she said.

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The witness claims the blunt object was a bat. She says while one of the drivers was on the ground, the other was using a bat to hit car windows.

“He was hitting windows that were driving by him, and he started to walk by my vehicle and I had no choice to drive off because it looked like he was coming at me with a bat.” she said.

Investigators say that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

The freeway was shut down until 1 p.m. Sunday.

 

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