Elk Grove family mourns father killed in I-5 crash

Former Elk Grove mayoral candidate Joel Broussard, 39, was killed in a crash when a big rig collided into 10 vehicles on Interstate 5 in south Sacramento on Tuesday evening. The crash happened around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of I-5 near Florin Road, the California Highway Patrol said. Broussard was on his way home from work at the time and called his mother Irma Broussard just minutes before the crash. “It was my birthday and Joel would always call me on his way home from work. But this particular day, he calls and he’s singing ‘Happy Birthday!’” she said “He ended the conversation like he always does. He says, ‘Alright, young lady. Love you. Alright, young lady. Love you!’ And that was at 5:17. At 5:40, my baby was gone.”A big rig hauling plywood rear-ended multiple vehicles, including Broussard’s red Chrysler, pushing the vehicles against each other. … Read More