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Traffic nightmare on and near Interstate 5

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Published On: Nov 19 2013 09:08:28 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Interstate 5 was shut down for several hours this afternoon after a series of crashes.

It started with crash on I-5 North near the Riverside Avenue exit in Anderson around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

A red Cadillac was found partially wedged beneath a semi-truck.

Traffic slowed down, but apparently a few people didn’t slow down in time.

Just down the freeway, a second crash involving at least one motorcycle kept northbound lanes closed for an hour.

Three people, victims of both crashes, were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Just as the freeway was reopening, a big rig stuck in traffic burst into flames near Deschutes Road off-ramp, shutting down Northbound I-5 once again.

That isn’t all.

The nightmare traffic continued after a crash between a car and a bus in the City of Cottonwood sent four people to the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

That happened around 4 p.m., just an hour after the first series of crashes.

The bus ended up nearly 25 feet off the road, up a hillside.

The area of Hooker Creek Road and North Granite was shut down to all traffic for crews to clean up.