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I-5 northbound lanes reopen this morning following 60-vehicle pileup

 Posted: 8:20 AM December 19, 2012

Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Yreka reopened at 5 a.m. today after a series of Tuesday night crashes involving about 60 vehicles closed the stretch of highway, California Highway Patrol reported.

The initial crash happened about five miles north of Yreka. Police first responded to a collision report at 6:17 p.m. Five minutes after responding officers arrived, additional accidents followed in the same area because of extremely icy conditions.

Commercial and passenger vehicles were involved. About 25 — 10 commercial and 15 passenger — were towed from the scene by several companies, stretching from Redding, Calif., to Ashland.

Eight drivers were taken to area hospitals. Six were treated and released, and two were admitted with serious injuries. No deaths have been reported. Uninjured motorists who were stranded were taken to the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds, removing them from the overnight 20-degree temperatures.

I-5's northbound lanes were closed from about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. today while CHP and California Department of Transportation crews cleared the wreckage and vehicles from the crash site. Northbound motorists were detoured onto Highway 263 near the Collier Rest Area, Caltrans officials said. Southbound lanes were not closed, they added.

— Ryan Pfeil

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