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Driver killed after crossing I-5 median into oncoming semi

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Mar 30 2014 07:09:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 31 2014 04:13:48 AM CDT
Fatality reported in crash, fire on I-5

Courtesy: Gregg Haberlik, Ashley Terrell, Dave Flynn

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. -

A Corning man was killed Sunday afternoon after the CHP said he drove across the Interstate 5 median in Tehama County, crashing into an oncoming semi-truck.

The CHP said the man who died is a 33-year-old resident of Corning.  His name was not released pending notification of family.

The collision was reported at 2:50 p.m. Sunday just south of Chard Avenue, between Red Bluff and Corning.

According to a news release from the CHP, a 33-year-old man from Corning was driving northbound when he intentionally veered his 2007 Chevy Aveo to the left, crossing the center median and into the southbound lanes.

A 55-year-old man from Nine Mile Falls, Washington was southbound in a semi-truck and trailer when he saw the Chevy crossing the median and coming directly towards his truck.  The CHP said the big rig driver took evasive action by hitting the brakes and veering to the right shoulder. 

The Chevy continued across both southbound lanes of traffic, slamming head-on into the semi-truck on the right shoulder.  Both vehicles continued out of control, until the semi-truck struck a guard rail and rolled over. 

A fire started, engulfing both vehicles.  The driver of the semi-truck kicked out his windshield and got out of the truck.  He suffered burns to his arms and was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff for treatment.

The driver of the Chevy was killed in the crash.

Traffic in the area immediately slowed to a crawl, and was stopped altogether by about 3:05 p.m. so fire crews could extinguish the blaze.

One southbound lane was re-opened around six minutes later.

Stay with KRCR News Channel 7 for updates on this developing story as we receive them.