Police are still working to clear the wreckage from an 87-vehicle pileup that killed two people on a fog-shrouded stretch of Highway 99 south of Fresno this morning.
California Highway Patrol officer Axel Reyes says he hopes to have the northbound lanes of the highway open by rush-hour.
76-year-old Jesse Weaver of Pixley was killed. The identity of a woman killed in the crash was not immediately available.
At least 22 others are injured.
Reyes says the two chain-reaction crashes began just after 7 am when a driver stopped because he saw the glow of brake lights through the dense fog. He says the crash was likely caused by fog and speeding.
Such chain reaction collisions are not uncommon in the area as the so-called “tule” fog forms during the winter.