2 Teens, 1 Woman Dead after Semi-Truck Rear-End Accident near Bowman Road

COTTONWOOD, CA (March 25, 2022) – A crash on Interstate 5 killed Autumn Craytor, Ivy Spangle, and Jordan Verdugo early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the freeway just south of the Cottonwood truck scales, near Bowman Road.

Per reports, a white 2018 Kia 4-door vehicle rear-ended a commercial truck parked on the shoulder of the freeway. The Kia driver, identified as 16-year-old Ivy Spangle of Red Bluff, died at the scene.

Additionally, 15-year-old Autumn Craytor and a 20-year-old woman from Cottonwood also died at the scene. Meanwhile, the other 21-year-old female passenger of Red Bluff from inside the Kia sustained major injuries.

The truck driver, identified as 47-year-old Rodney Hill of Elk Grove, did not sustain injuries.

California Highway Patrol officeres said Spangle and Craytor were wearing a seat belt at the time, but Verdugo and the 21-year-old were not. It is unknown if drugs and alcohol were a factor in the collision.

At this time, Cottonwood Officials are working to identify further details.


The team at Sweet James offers their deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Autumn Craytor, Ivy Spangle, and Jordan Verdugo.


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