The busy California I-5 had to be shut down due to a multi-car accident, along with multiple weather-related car accidents and delays. Delays of up to two hours were noted as a nine car accident shut down the northbound juncture of the interstate recently. The likelihood of accidents like this obviously increases in poor or snowy making it all the more important for drivers to be vigilant. Record low temperatures, along with rain and snow caused the deteriorating conditions along the interstate.
Accidents with other vehicles were not the only cause for concern. The weather knocked down multiple trees and the dangerous conditions were ripe for accidents on the road.
The first vehicular accident was reported at 7:40 in the morning as a rig and a tour bus were involved in an accident. The tour bus was filled with tourists, some who required medical attention as a result of the accident. Ambulances from surrounding communities were called in to help with all the injuries that resulted from the multiple accidents the weather caused.
Those not involved in the multiple accidents were stuck on the interstate for as long as three hours. At 11:00 a.m. authorities shut down the interstate to allow for the clearing of accidents. The road was reopened later that same afternoon. Check points and traffic metering were instituted to help keep the interstate free of accidents and keep the flow of traffic going, but this caused major delays for commuters. Other, smaller highways were also closed due to weather-related accidents and weather-related conditions.
The Record Searchlight, "Multi-vehicle pileup: Authorities temporarily shut down I-5 due to crash, snow," Jim Schultz, Joe Szydlowski, Jan. 18, 2012