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Woman killed in wrong-way crash on Interstate 5

Drug intoxication suspected as cause

CORNING, Calif. - UPDATE:

A woman was killed in a wrong-way driver collision on Interstate 5 Monday night, after an intoxicated driver hit her head-on.

The California Highway Patrol said they received reports of a wrong-way driver on the freeway at approximately 7:52 p.m. near Corning Road. Minutes later, they were advised that the driver had collided head-on with oncoming traffic, south of Corning Road.

The CHP said Karen Rojas, 57, of Corning was driving under the influence of drugs. She was driving south in the northbound lane when she collided with a 2018 Kia Optima. 

Both vehicles sustained major damage and both women were trapped inside, with major injuries.

Rojas was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff before being transferred to U.C. Davis Medical Center. The other woman was transported to Enloe Hospital, where she died.

The CHP has not released her name, pending notification of next of kin, but said she is an 81-year-old woman from the City of Shasta Lake.

Rojas was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs, which caused injury to another, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She was temporarily released from custody for treatment of her injuries.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for approximately 30 minutes. The northbound lanes were blocked for approximately an hour.

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ORIGINAL POST:

One person died Monday night after two vehicles crashed on Interstate 5.

The California Highway Patrol says around 7:50 p.m., two vehicles collided on northbound I-5, north of South Avenue near Corning. 

Officer Jay Bushey says one person was taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead. 

We will update this article when more information is available. 

 

 


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