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SUV Overturns on Interstate 15, Snarling Traffic

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.

TEMECULA - An SUV overturned on Interstate 15 in Temecula today when the driver swerved off the freeway, possibly to avoid a collision with a recklessly driven tanker truck, authorities said.

The wreck happened around 12:15 p.m. on northbound I-15, near Rancho California Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A motorist lost control of his vehicle, which flipped over, the CHP said. What caused the crash was under investigation, but at least one witness reported that the tanker truck driver swung his rig across several lanes of traffic, flashing obscene gestures at motorists, who had to slam on their brakes or turn to avoid being hit, according to reports from the scene.

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SUV driver may have been in the truck's path, forcing him to turn sharply, the CHP said.

Officers said another witness saw a dog dart into traffic, and the SUV driver may have lost control while trying to avoid striking the canine.

The SUV overturned on the right shoulder, prompting the CHP to shut down two of four traffic lanes until an investigation is completed and the wreckage removed. Traffic was slowed to a crawl at the crash site.

The victim was able to get out of the vehicle unassisted and was treated at the scene. He apparently declined to be transported to a hospital.

No other motorists were involved in the crash.



Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 10:19 am
Doesnt suprise me at all the reports of a semi truck trying to run people down. Had it happen to me three times in the last four months. They run up on you, act like they are going to rear end you, swerve over at the last second and then come up beside you and run you off the road, while you can see them laughing at you in thier mirror. Do you suppose these are mexican trucking companies with racist drivers doing it for kicks?
Comment Profile ImageCome on
Comment #2 | Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Reality Checker, seriously? Most truckers are busy trying to avoid speeding cars who think that the space between the front of a truck and the car in front of them is just for them to cut into, not taking into account how much space they are allowing for in case they need to brake. Truckers are typically NOT wanting to be in ANY confrontation on the road. It's their livelihood for goodness sake. They have to stay as safe as they can.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #3 | Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm
Yes! Seriously! I've had it happen to me more than once. Most truckers are good. Some of these truckers are high on drugs for sure. It's the only reasonable explanation I can think of.

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