Northern California Sees 60-Vehicle Pileup on I-5

Holiday traffic can be bad — but the pileup on the Oregon border 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. 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.

Emily Henry December 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The worst experience I had was driving from Los Angeles to the Bay Area one Thanksgiving. It was so foggy that we couldn't see an inch in front of the car. Everyone on I-5 had to drive 15 or 20 miles per hour. It took us about 12 hours to finally get up here.
Mary Jo Longyear December 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I witnessed an accident leaving the mall, one car rear ended another in the lane next to me. Excessive speed for really cramped conditions. I like to avoid going out this time of year altogether, but with an active 15 year old daughter it's difficult. Go slow even if it annoys others. Haste really does make waste more often than not.
TMoraga December 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I think most Native CA's have experienced that type of I5 driving at some point. Scary for sure after our drive from LA this year post Turkey day I would go out of my way to avoid I5 during bad weather and the holiday traffic rush. The level of stupidity and the number of inconsiderate drivers is astounding today. The last time I hit really bad visibility issues on I5 I actually pulled off and parked WAY CLEAR of the highway and turned my lights off as not to attract drivers following tail lights. I recall some very serious accidents took place that day. I read a book nearly got my AWD vehicle stuck in mud - but made it home safe unlike several people who didn't that day.


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