STOCKTON, CA (May 23, 2019) – 2 men are dead and 1 woman is injured after a fiery 7-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 5, near Eight Mile Road and Highway 12.
The deadly accident, which happened in the Lodi area, initially began around 6:37 a.m. with a crash between a big rig and a sedan on the Northbound I-5. California Highway Patrol closed off the No. 3 lane for the crash, encouraging others to drive slow while they cleaned up the scene.
Around an hour later, a Peterbilt big rig going about 55 miles per hour slammed into a silver sedan on that same stretch of Interstate 5, which created a chain reaction crash, involving four big rigs and three sedans in total. As a result of the pile-up, the Peterbilt, a Hyundai, and a Dodge Ram burst into flames.
The driver of the Hyundai, a 50-year old man from Stockton, along with the driver of the Dodge, a 36-year old man from Tracy, were pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. A 47-year old Stockton woman driving a Dodge Journey suffered minor injuries in the crash and was hospitalized.
The roadway has been damaged following the fiery crash and must be inspected by crews prior to it reopening. Authorities do not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the pile-up.
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