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Fatal collision blocks southbound Interstate 5 in Redding

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Aug 10 2014 03:32:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 11 2014 07:39:02 AM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Redding were backed up for miles, after a fatal collision blocked traffic Sunday.

The collision happened around 11:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes, near the Cypress Avenue exit.

According to the CHP, a big rig hauling lumber drifted onto the shoulder. In an attempt to get back in the lane, the driver of the truck, 72-year-old Gordon Johnston, lost control.

That's when it collided with a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist, 60-year-old David Terry from Red Bluff, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The big rig overturned, spilling its load of lumber across the southbound lanes. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

A second motorcyclist, 64-year-old Dennis Bagshaw, was also suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Cars were able to pass through the area on the shoulder of the road, but the southbound lanes were backed up for miles.  Northbound traffic also slowed as drivers passed the wreckage.