Multi-Vehicle Crash Blocks Three Lanes on I-5
Five other people were injured in the crash. The accident spread over more than 100 yards of the freeway. It involved five vehicles that were said to be a “chain of collisions”. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer, Tino Olivera the first call came in around 4:41 in the morning. They said that the accident happened between the Jeffery Road and Culver Drive exits. Tino said that the call said that the red Mitsubishi Mirage had veered across three lanes of traffic and then crashed into the center divider.
However, by the time the police had arrived there were several other vehicles that were involved in the crash on the freeway.
California Highway Patrol are asking for help in the I-5 Crash
CHP officers still are investigating the crash, and witnesses can call the Santa Ana area office at 714-567-6000.
The authorites believe that a 19 year old woman driving a silver Acura had stopped to help the 26 year old man who was driving the Mitsubishi Mirage. Not long after a gray Toyota clipped the Mitsubishi which sent the Toyota to the right side of the freeway where it then hit a silver Nissan. The Nissan was driven by 46 year old man, it came to rest on the right should of the freeway.
Tino says that the force of the crash then sent the Toyota back to the left side of the freeway where it then hit a Chevy Van which was driven by a 55 year old man. The two people that was in the Toyota died at the scene. The Coroner’s Office identified them as Andrew Hays-52 and Sherry Butler-46.
Three left lanes of the freeway was blocked until around 9:20 that morning. The right lanes however, remained open. Traffic was heavy for the most part of the morning.
One person was treated at the scene of the accident while three of the other people were suffering from traumatic injuries. They were taken to a local hospital to be treated. One other person suffered minor injures and was also taken to the hospital. All victims that went to the hospital are expected to live.