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I-5 pileup kills two Mantecans

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POSTED January 2, 2017 2:54 a.m.

A 30-vehicle pile-up north of the Grapevine on Interstate 5 killed two people from Manteca.

The crash before 9 a.m. Saturday happened in heavy fog near Fort Tejon. The Manteca residents, who the California Highway Patrol did not identify, were a 50-year-old  man and a 38-year-old woman.

The crash was reported at 8:46 a.m. on the southbound side of Interstate 5 just north of the Highway 99 junction, according to a he CHP. The incident began as a two-car collision near the interstate’s intersection with Highway 166.

The two cars involved in the crash were stopped on Interstate 5. A big truck traveling in the fog in the same direction slammed into the vehicles. The impact killed the two Manteca residents.

With all traffic lanes blocked by the accident, another 12 vehicles were unable to stop or drive around the wreckage. By the time the carnage ended there were 10 collisions involving 30 vehicles.

Interstate 5 was closed southbound for nine hours. It reopened 6 p.m. Saturday only to have the freeway in both directions 90 minutes later due to snow.

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