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I-5 Closed for 2 Hours Due to Collision

Three were hospitalized, and traffic was diverted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 after a driver lost control, rolling her vehicle into oncoming traffic.

At approximately 5:35 a.m., the California Highway Patrol, and the Williams Fire Department responded to the scene north of Haun Road on Interstate 5.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Angel Nichole Valdez, 23, of Corning, was driving in the southbound lane of Interstate 5, in a 2000 Cadillac Escalade, when for unknown reasons, she lost control of her vehicle.

Valdez’s vehicle rolled several times through the center divider and crossed into the northbound traffic lanes. Subsequently her vehicle collided into the left front of a 2008 Kenworth tractor-trailer rig, driven by 39-year-old Ramon De La Morta of Pasco, Washington.

Valdez was life flighted to Enloe Medical Center for moderate injuries. Her passengers, 20-year-old Jessica Santos of Corning, was transported to Colusa Regional Medical Center for cuts and scratches to her arms. A juvenile passenger was also transported to Colusa Regional Medical Center for precautionary measures.

De La Mora, received no injuries as a result of the collision.

The accident caused police to stop traffic on both sides of the highway, resulting in delays for commuters. The northbound side of I-5 was closed for more than two hours, and traffic was diverted off the highway at Haun Road.

The details and cause of the collision remain under investigation with the California Highway Patrol. â– 

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