Two Fatalities And Nine Injuries Reported In Foggy I-5 Pileup That Caused Road Closure In California

Mocobizscene- A dense fog on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles caused a major collision involving around 40 vehicles. Tragically, the accident resulted in the loss of two lives and left nine others injured. Authorities are currently investigating the incident to determine the cause of the pileup.

According to Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, the fatal collision took place on the southbound side of I-5 in Kern County, approximately 33 miles north of the Los Angeles County line.

According to Tami Grimes, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the freeway at Millux Road is still closed while CHP investigators work to reconstruct the events of the pileup and determine the official cause.

Grimes has confirmed two fatalities and stated that more details will be provided on Saturday night. According to Jim Calhoun, Battalion Chief of the Kern County Fire Department, nine other individuals were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Visibility was reduced to about 10 feet when rescuers arrived due to the foggy conditions on the freeway on Saturday morning, according to Caltrans.

According to Grimes, there were approximately 40 vehicles involved in what seemed to be three main collisions that occurred in close proximity to each other. Notably, out of the total number of vehicles involved, 18 of them were tractor-trailers.

A pileup occurred in the early morning hours, around 7:30 a.m., as reported by KGET. This incident took place in Conner, a rural town located north of the snow-prone Grapevine area.

In the San Joaquin Valley, there is a weather phenomenon called tule fog, characterized by low-visibility conditions. This fog emerges when the soil becomes saturated after rainfall, resulting in a heavy mist that covers the ground. KGET explains that the fog can persist as high-pressure air traps it in the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the Grapevine region should expect more hazardous weather from Saturday night through Sunday. A southbound storm is predicted to bring a few inches of snow to the area. Forecasters have also issued a warning for the corridor north of Los Angeles, where ice and wind gusts as strong as 80 mph could pose a threat.

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