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By Alex Groves
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Updated: Multiple vehicle collision on I-15 northbound leads to freeway shutdown

Lanes 3 and 4 now open


Last updated 6/22/2018 at 8:30am

Update: June 21, 10 p.m.

All lanes of Interstate 15 in Temecula were open shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday evening following a chain reaction crash that injured four people and left a big rig hanging over a bridge.

The crash was reported about 11:50 a.m. and left traffic snarled for several hours, causing backups far into San Diego county and causing vehicles to flood nearby surface streets.

Even though all lanes were open by late evening, a California Department of Transportation Quickmap showed traffic extremely slowed from just south of Temecula Parkway to Pala Mesa in northern San Diego County.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update: June 21, 6:30 p.m.

An eight-vehicle chain reaction crash that left four people injured and a big rig hanging over a bridge on northbound Interstate 15 south of Temecula Parkway on Thursday was caused by a driver traveling too fast for conditions, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officer Mike Lassig wrote in a news release that the collision was caused when the driver of a Nissan Sentra, 69-year-old Linda Phillips of Temecula, crashed the car into the back of Ram Truck in the far right lane. Phillips, who was driving about 50 mph, was driving at an "unsafe speed for traffic conditions."

The driver of a big rig, a 50-year-old Downey man, then crashed into the back of Phillips' Nissan before going across lanes and partially over the side of a bridge above the Temecula river.

Five other drivers in front of the Ram Truck also made contact with one another as part of a chain reaction.

Phillips and the driver of the Ram Truck suffered moderate injuries while drivers of two vehicles in front of the Ram Truck suffered minor injuries. The big rig driver was not injured.

By early Thursday evening, Lanes 3 and 4 of the freeway were open. The two far left lanes were not expected to open for another hour.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update: June 21, 5 p.m.

Lanes 1 and 2 of the northbound Interstate 15 are expected to reopen within the next three hours, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report.

All four northbound lanes were shuttered following a multi-vehicle crash that involved an 18-wheeler and several smaller vehicles. Four people were reportedly injured in the wreck.

In the hours that followed, traffic was severely backed up, with wait times up to an hour and a half. Some drivers resorted to driving on the interstate shoulder in an attempt to get around the jam.

Lanes 3 and 4 were reopened around 2 p.m., though traffic through the area remained heavy.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update: June 21, 2 p.m.

Lanes 3 and 4 northbound on Interstate 15 are now open following a muli-vehicle crash that led to a nearly two hour shutdown of the well-traveled roadway between San Diego and Riverside County. Lanes 1 and 2 remain closed.

Motorists should be prepared for long delays during their commute today as officials work to clear the scene.

Southbound traffic is currently backed up to Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

Original story:

A multi-vehicle collision, first reported shortly before noon on northbound Interstate 15 has led the California Highway Patrol to close the northbound lanes of the interstate until further notice, according to a Twitter post made by Murrieta Police Department at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

The accident, which occurred south of Temecula Parkway, involved an 18-wheeler and several smaller vehicles, according to a CHP incident report. Four people were reportedly injured in the wreck.

Southbound traffic has also been affected, according to the post as drivers take to surface streets in an attempt to get around the blockage.

Currently, northbound traffic is experiencing delays in excess of an hour and a half while southbound traffic is seeing delays nearing 30 minutes.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Kim Harris contributed to this story.


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