YREKA – A 60-plus car pileup on northbound Interstate 5 along an icy stretch between Anderson Grade and the Collier Rest Area Tuesday evening caused numerous injuries and prompted the closure of both the northbound and southbound lanes. As of 7:25 p.m., no fatalities were reported, stated Suzi Brady, spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
According to Brady, units were dispatched to the scene at 6:30 p.m. upon receiving a report of the wreck amidst "extremely icy conditions." She said at least 60 cars were involved.
The northbound lanes were closed as emergency responders administered care. As of 7:25 p.m., officials did not have a count on the number of motorists who sustained injuries.
CAL FIRE, a Mercy air ambulance, Montague Fire Department, Yreka Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Transportation, Grenada Fire District and Mount Shasta Ambulance responded to the scene.
At 7:20 p.m., officials closed the southbound I-5 lanes so emergency vehicles could safely transport patients, said Brady. As of 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, both lanes were still closed.
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