Another big-rig crash closes I-5 near Woodland

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For the second time in several days, an overturned big-rig has closed one side of Interstate 5 and snarled traffic near Woodland.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a northbound big-rig hauling hydroseed — a combination of seeds, mulch, water and fertilizer — overturned on the Elkhorn Causeway at about 7:20 a.m. Monday, spilling the green-tinted material across the roadway.

The cause of the mishap remains under investigation. Witnesses reported seeing the big-rig swerve prior to overturning, then striking a pickup. No injuries were reported.

Northbound traffic, which at one point backed up into the Natomas area of Sacramento during the road closure, was diverted into County Road 22. The CHP expected to fully reopen the roadway at about 1:30 p.m.

On Thanksgiving morning, a big-rig overturned on southbound I-5 near the County Road 102 onramp in Woodland, resulting in the freeway closure there for several hours.

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