REDDING, Calif. -

Traffic was backed up in central Redding Tuesday after two chain reaction crashes on westbound Highway 44 near Auditorium Drive.

The first three-car crash was reported at 8:06 a.m. near the Auditorium Drive off ramp from Highway 44.

Then at 8:16 a.m. at least three other cars crashed just to the east of the first collision, near the junction of Highway 44 and Interstate 5.

Traffic was backed up in the area for nearly an hour.