Crash on Interstate 5 in California leads to fight, two drivers to die, police say

Traffic collision on Interstate 5 early Sunday led to a fight and the death of two drivers, police said.


A traffic collison on the Interstate 5 in Northern California early Sunday ended in a fight between two drivers which led to the death of both men, police said.

California Highway Patrol told FOX40 the incident happened at 3:44 pm on the highway the northbound lanes near Del Paso Road exit about 10 miles north of downtown Sacramento, when the drivers collided and drove near the exit, where they started to fight.

During the altercation, one of the men pulled out a blunt object and beat the other man, while in one of the highway lanes, to kill him, according to the CHP.

“Battles on the highway between angry motorists, regardless of whether this is the result of a traffic collision or some sort of road rage type of incident, come pretty often,” CHP Officer Mike Zerfas told FOX40. “Not usually in the middle of the lanes, as it happened here.”

One of the drivers involved in the deadly brawl was struck and killed by a vehicle after killing another motorist on Interstate 5.


After the fight, the suspect ran away in the middle of the highway, Interstate 5, where he was then struck and killed by another vehicle. The driver of the car remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.

None of the dead man was immediately identified.


Piece of the I-5 is closed while CHP investigates 2 deaths. According to CHP, 2 drivers, collided early this morning. They then got into a physical fight that killed one of the drivers. The defendant was then walking on the highway and was hit and killed by a car, CHP says @FOX40

— Jessica Mensch (@Jessmensch) August 12, 2018

The incident closed the highway for several hours as authorities investigated.

Zerfas told FOX40 the whole situation could be avoided if the drivers just contacted the police when the collison happened.

“If you’re involved in a traffic collision 911, report the incident and allow officers to come from the scene,” he said. “And if there is a conflict between the involved motorists that is for us to handle.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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