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By Jeff Pack

Report: SUV collides with concrete pillar on I-15, killing the driver


Last updated 3/22/2019 at 3:02pm

MURRIETA - The California Highway Patrol reported that a fiery crash on Interstate 15 killed at least one person in a solo vehicle accident that was first reported at 11:27 a.m. Thursday, March 21.

According to a report from the CHP, witnesses reported seeing the driver of a 2013 Ford Explorer attempting to pass a slower-moving big rig by entering the right shoulder at approximately 80 miles per hour. Witnesses said the vehicle began to slightly veer to the right as it approached a concrete pillar for the I-215 overpass and collided with it.

The impact caused major damage to the Ford Explorer's front end causing the engine compartment to ignite and catch fire.

"CHP and Murrieta Fire Department responded to the scene," according to CHP Officer Mike Lassig. "The Ford Explorer was fully engulfed in flames and was eventually extinguished by Murrieta Fire Department. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene."

CHP officers shut down the No. 3 lane on I-15 during the incident and an investigation by the CHP Temecula Area's office has begun.


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