Motorcycle wreck closes I-5 for hour
A motorcycle wreck shut down Interstate 5 for more than an hour Friday evening and left one man severely injured.
A disabled big rig, driven by Jesus Delgado, of Stockton, had just been moved to the right shoulder of southbound I-5 near the Antler’s Bridge exit around 6 p.m., said officers with the California Highway Patrol.
Charles Evans, 63, of Portland, Ore., was driving south on a Honda Shadow, officers said.
He tried to pass between the big rig and another vehicle, officers said.
Evans hit a Toyota Corolla driven by Kelly Morris, of Oroville, and was thrown from the motorcycle.
He suffered major injuries and was flown to Mercy Medical Center.
Traffic backed up to the Lakehead Rest Area, officers said.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors, officers said. They said they opened up the southbound lanes between 7 and 7:30 p.m. No one else was injured.
Three injured in Whiskeytown crash
Three people were injured in a Friday afternoon wreck on Crystal Creek off Highway 299 in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
California Highway Patrol officers say Robert Campbell, 18, of Anderson, was driving his 1991 Ford Escort toward Highway 299 around 1 p.m. Friday.
After going around a curve, he lost control of his car because of his speed, officers said. He crashed head on into a 2005 Nissan Xterra driven by Justina Gutierrez, 28, of Redding, officers said.
Campbell suffered major injuries and was taken to Mercy Medical Center by helicopter. His passenger, Harry Johns, 18, of Anderson, was taken there by ambulance with major injuries.
Brianna Mendoza, 17, of Lincoln, was taken there with moderate injuries.
The crash closed the seldom-traveled Crystal Creek for several hours, officers said.
Alcohol and drugs did not factor in the collision, officers said.
Jahr is named courts chief
SAN FRANCISCO — Retired Shasta County Superior Court Judge Steven Jahr was named Friday as the next administrator of the courts by the Judicial Council of California.
Jahr served as a Shasta County judge for 22 years before retiring in 2009.
He becomes the state’s fifth administrative director of the courts since the office was created in 1960.
Jahr will assume his new post on Oct. 8, according to a news release.
His salary was not given.