Semi-Truck Hits Car on 5 Freeway; Woman arrested DUI

Two drivers were injured when a semi-truck crashed into a car on the Interstate 5 Freeway at Sunset Hills in Tehama County.

Freddy Nsunzu, 46, was driving a white 2023 Freightliner Cascadia semi-truck at freeway speed when he crashed into the back of a blue 2014 Hyundai Sonata driven by Dawn Potterton, 59, according to a report by Action News Now.

The car was reportedly traveling at just 25 mph in the southbound lanes of the freeway. Both vehicles crossed over the center median and wound up on the northbound side of the I-5. The semi-truck overturned onto its passenger side and the car came to a rest on its wheels on the shoulder of the freeway.

Meanwhile, paramedics from the Tehama County Fire Station responded and extricated one person trapped in their vehicle. They also transported both drivers to a hospital for complaints of pain and undisclosed injuries.

Investigators determined that the driver of the Hyundai was allegedly DUI.

Dawn Potterton was subsequently arrested on DUI charges and police believe her impairment could have been a contributing factor and or the cause of the collision.

Authorities closed down the No. 2 lane of Interstate 5 freeway to conduct a clean-up and investigation into the collision.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Red Bluff CHP Office at 530-737-6746.

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