By Associated Press - Thursday, December 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say torrential rain in Northern California sent a Fed Ex big rig skidding out of control on Interstate 5, killing one person and snarling traffic for several hours.

The Sacramento Bee reported ( that the rig pulling two trailers early Thursday appears to have hit water from the heavy downpour and hydroplaned out of control.

Officer Michael Bradley of the California Highway Patrol says the Fed Ex truck headed southbound hit a retaining wall and crossed into the oncoming lanes.

Bradley says the rig struck an oncoming pickup, killing the 45-year-old man who was driving; the Fed Ex driver was not injured.

The accident blocked all northbound lanes and one southbound lane for much of the morning as a work crew cleaned up the debris.


This APNewsNow has been corrected to say the accident happened Thursday.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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