Interstate 5 reopened with CHP escorts

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Interstate 5 at the Grapevine was reopened Saturday afternoon to slow-moving traffic after a sweeping winter storm dumped snow on California’s main north-south artery, temporarily shutting the roadway.

California Highway Patrol officers took turns escorting dozens of cars at a time on Interstate 5 over the Tejon Pass, traveling no faster than 35 mph in some cases, said CHP Officer Eric Priessman. The slick conditions caused several nonfatal wrecks earlier in the day before the temporary closing of the Grapevine, known for its steep hills, Priessman said.

Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Pass was also reopened Saturday afternoon.

The state highway and interstate were both shut down shortly before 10 a.m. because of icy conditions. Although traffic is now moving, the heavily traveled interstate remains congested, Priessman said.



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