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SB I-5 reopens after crash that killed two big rig drivers

Deadly crash closes SB I-5 near Twisselman Rd
Posted at 7:13 AM, Jul 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-11 16:55:16-04

(KERO) — UPDATE (1:54 PM): Caltrans said southbound I-5, south of Twissleman Road, has reopened after two big rig drivers were killed in a head-on crash.


UPDATE (9:54 AM): The California Highway Patrol said two big rigs crashed Monday morning on southbound I-5, south of Twissleman Road, and both drivers were killed. That area of southbound I-5 is still closed.

CHP said a preliminary investigation found that a 2014 Freightliner traveling on northbound I-5, for an unknown reason, crossed the dirt center median and hit a 2009 Kenworth head-on.

The crash caused both vehicles and their cargo to spill out onto southbound lanes of I-5 and partially into the No. 1 northbound lane, said CHP.

The northbound No. 1 lane of I-5 was close temporarily but has since reopened.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


A Caltrans says a deadly crash Monday morning closed I-5 south of the Kings/Kern County line.

As of 7 a.m. Monday morning, all lanes of southbound I-5 near Twisselman Road are closed and Caltrans advises drivers to seek an alternate route.

There is not current ETA for when southbound lanes will reopen.

According to Caltrans, a big rig overturned and is blocking all lanes of southbound traffic.

Northbound lanes are open, according to the California Highway Patrol.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.