NB I-5/SR-12: Closure Due to Fatal Crash, Multiple Big Rig Fires

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CALTRANS is reporting that Interstate 5 remains closed without an estimated time of opening from the northbound I-5 from Eight Mile Road to SR-12. Detours are in place.

According to CHP, the crash came in around 7:30 am which included two fatalities and at least two-big rigs and one vehicle which caught fire.

Motorists are advised to avoid this section of I-5, and they can use SR-99 for north/south travel through this region.

The following updates were provided by CALTRANS:

I-5 UPDATE: WHILE NB #1 (LEFT) LANE OPENS, LANES #2 & #3 WILL REMAIN CLOSED AS CALTRANS CONTINUES CLEANUP

District 10 Public Information Officer has an update from NB Interstate 5 in northern San Joaquin County. The interstate was closed much of the morning following a series of vehicle incidents, and the #1 (left) lane just recently opened.

The #2 (middle) and #3 (right) lanes are expected to remain closed into this afternoon, due to the damage the roadway suffered the incidents and ensuing big rig fire. District 10 will need to clear the roadway and inspect the pavement to assure its safety before the interstate opens to the public.

Please follow District 10’s social media (@CaltransDist10 on Twitter) for updates on I-5.

Here was our Facebook post from earlier today, describing the incident and the response from District 10’s maintenance and public information units:

The incident began shortly after 7:00 a.m. during the commute and that resulted in a pickup truck being overturned. While that incident created thick traffic between Eight Mile Road and SR-12, there was a secondary incident that involved multiple multiple vehicles and big rigs. That secondary event closed the interstate.

One of the first responders to the secondary incident was the District 10 X-team, which was on the scene after responding to the first incident. One of the first steps taken by the X-team was to place signs warning drivers to slow down, due to traffic ahead. The second incident happened shortly after those signs were placed.

District 10’s X-team focuses on traffic management, using sign and cone trucks to alert motorists to changes in roadway conditions. Following the second incident, the X-team set up signs warning motorists that I-5 was closed at Eight Mile Road. The Eight Mile on-ramp was closed to keep cars from entering the interstate.

A District 10 cone truck also got to work, setting up cones to gradually direct traffic that was south of Eight Mile to exit the interstate. At this point, the CHP began to turn cars around that were stuck between Eight Mile and SR-12 – they had no exit ramp to use. These vehicles drove south on the shoulder to exit at Eight Mile.

The district’s X-team and other maintenance regularly train and prepare for these types of incidents, including full highway closures. As a rule, these are the steps Caltrans takes, with the goal of minimizing the negative impact on motorists while also working to get the road cleared and open for traffic:

Step 1: Get the traffic off the highway and establish a detour. Close ramps if appropriate. Ask the CHP to monitor nearby interchanges (Thornton and Eight Mile), because there will be traffic jams.

Step 2: Assess if there is a hazmat risk. If so, contain it. Make sure it doesn’t enter drains. In this case, diesel fuel was spilled.

Step 3: When hazmat is assessed and contained, the CHP must investigate before there is any cleanup. This involves fatalities, so all debris, etc., is circled and analyzed as evidence.

Step 4: Clean up debris.

10:19 am UPDATE: NB I-5 CLOSURE FROM EIGHT MILE ROAD TO SR-12. DETOUR IN PLACE. EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS

Northbound Interstate 5 remains closed – without an estimated time of opening – in northern San Joaquin County. The road was closed following a series of collisions this morning, including a secondary collision that involved big rigs.

Northbound traffic is being diverted at Eight Mile Road and is taking the detour route on Thornton Road. These vehicles can rejoin NB I-5 when Thornton Road connects to SR-12.

Southbound traffic also is being impacted by the incident, as vehicles are slowing to see the result of the collisions.

Caltrans District 10 maintenance units are on the scene and helping to clear the highway. Maintenance units will also help clear the roadway, make any necessary repairs and assure that the road is safe for travel before the interstate is opened.

Motorists are advised to avoid this section of I-5, and they can use SR-99 for north/south travel through this region.

9:34 am UPDATE: NB I-5 CLOSURE FROM EIGHT MILE ROAD TO SR-12. DETOUR IN PLACE. EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS

Northbound Interstate 5 remains closed – without an estimated time of opening – in northern San Joaquin County. The road was closed following a series of collisions this morning, including a secondary collision that involved big rigs.

Northbound traffic is being diverted at Eight Mile Road and is taking the detour route on Thornton Road. These vehicles can rejoin NB I-5 when Thornton Road connects to SR-12.

Southbound traffic also is being impacted by the incident, as vehicles are slowing to see the result of the collisions.

Caltrans District 10 maintenance units are on the scene and helping to clear the highway. Maintenance units will also help clear the roadway, make any necessary repairs and assure that the road is safe for travel before the interstate is opened.

Motorists are advised to avoid this section of I-5, and they can use SR-99 for north/south travel through this region.

8:03 am Update SAN JOAQIN COUNTY: NB I-5 CLOSED FROM EIGHT MILE ROAD TO SR-12 DUE TO SERIES OF COLLISIONS

#Trafficalert INTERSTATE 5 CLOSURE: Due to a series of vehicle collisions, some involving big rigs, NB I-5 is CLOSED from Eight Mile Road to State Route 12. All traffic is being diverted off the roadway at Eight Mile. There is no ETO for opening I-5, so plan on extra travel time.

All information provided by CALTRANS

Detail Information
11:11 AM 35 [102] 1039 CT
11:10 AM 34 [101] LARGE ONG CAUTION SIGN PLACED AFTER HAMMER LN ADVING OF THE TC // RP REQ IT TO BE MOVED BEFORE HAMMER SO VEH’S CAN EXIT AND NOT GET STUCK // RP: AMINIQUE RODRIGUEZ 209-594-5772
10:03 AM 33 [93] 62-6 // CT HAS EIGHT MILE RAMP — BACK ENRT THORNTON
10:01 AM 32 [91] LN 87/88 — RUN# 07336554 – MEDIC 24
9:59 AM 31 [90] [Rotation Request Comment] *** 1039 PACIFIC (SB) 369*0644 ***
9:57 AM 30 [88] LN 87 – TRANSPORTED TO R/E
9:55 AM 29 [86] [Rotation Request Comment] *** 1039 SAM BERRI 365-7000 *** (SB)
9:51 AM 28 [84] SPD IS HAMMER ONR TO NB
9:24 AM 27 [75] [Notification] [CHP]-62-503M HAVE COMMERICAL UNIT GO TO SR12 AND DRIVE DOWN WW // FULL CLOSURE [Shared]
9:15 AM 26 [73] 62-502 ENRT FOR LN 66
9:12 AM 25 [69] 62-S1 COPIES LN 64/65 — SEND 62-6 TO LN 64
9:10 AM 24 [68] 1039 JOHN SALAZAR HH 327-1856
9:09 AM 23 [65] S1 REQ 3RD HH 1185 OO STK
8:56 AM 22 [63] [Notification] [CHP]-NUMEROUS VEHS USING THE RS-DRIVING SB TO TRY and EXIT [Shared]
8:49 AM 21 [61] 1039 SPD / WILL CALL BACK
8:48 AM 20 [60] 62-S1 CONTACT SPD — SEE IF HAVE TRAFF UNT THAT CAN SET UP HAMMER AT 5 AND SHUT DOWN ONR // EIGHT MILE ONR TO NB AND HELP DIVERT TRAFF OFF
8:39 AM 19 [55] 1039 STATE OES – #19-3324
8:25 AM 18 [53] 1039 SJ CO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
8:21 AM 17 [51] 1039 CT
7:53 AM 16 [38] 62-S1 3RD 1185 HD
7:48 AM 15 [34] 1039 CT
7:48 AM 14 [33] ISSUE SIGALERT
7:48 AM 13 [32] 62-S1 ADVS CT WILL HAVE FULL FRWY CLOSURE FOR APPROX ANOTHER HR
7:41 AM 12 [29] [Rotation Request Comment] **** 1039 SAM BERRI 209-365-7000 **** W/ 2 BIG RIG TOWS
7:41 AM 11 [28] CT COPIES LN 27
7:40 AM 10 [26] 62-S1 1185 HD X 2
7:40 AM 9 [25] 62-S1 ALL LANES BLKD – NB JSO 12
7:40 AM 8 [24] PER ANOTHER // 2 BIG RIGS ON FIRE AS WELL NOW
7:35 AM 7 [10] [Appended, 07:36:38] [2] BIG RIG ON FIRE
7:35 AM 6 [9] [Appended, 07:36:38] [1] FWY BLOCKED, 1 ON FIRE
7:35 AM 5 [8] [Appended, 07:36:38] [5] [Appended, 07:35:49] [2] SEDAN IS STARTING TO CATCH ON FIRE
7:35 AM 4 [7] [Appended, 07:36:38] [4] [Appended, 07:35:49] [1] 4 BIGS VS SEDAN / SEDAN TRAPPED UNDER A BIG RIG
7:34 AM 3 [3] 1039 VC
7:34 AM 2 [2] BEHIND 1ST TC
7:34 AM 1 [1] UNK VEH CATCHING FIRE