Multi Vehicle Crash Blocks I15 at Winchester

The crash on southbound Interstate 15, north of Winchester Road, was reported at 4:25 a.m.

A multi-vehicle crash on the southbound Interstate 15 today injured at least one person and blocked all freeway traffic for at least an hour, officials said.

The crash just north of Winchester Road was reported at 4:25 a.m., according to Cal Fire information officer Cheri Patterson.

One vehicle ended up facing the wrong way on the freeway and a pickup truck landed on its side, according to the California Highway Patrol.

All lanes on the southbound side were shut down and a SigAlert was issued, as traffic was diverted off the freeway to Winchester Road, Patterson said.

The freeway lanes were reopened at 5:37 a.m., the CHP reported.

A condition report on the injured person was not available this afternoon.

A blood technician was sent to Inland Valley Medical Center but it was unclear whether any arrests for drunken driving are pending.

BK December 11, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Tis the season. Please be very mindful, watchful, and alert on the "mean streets" of Cali. There are far too many driving after consuming alcohol, drugs, or who just simply should not be behind the wheel of their vehicle. There are also far too many on the roads who are distracted for various reasons. There is no need for me to name them as you all know what they are. I just ask that everyone put forth a concerted effort to get from point A to point B safely. That also means no road rage, using your signal lights to signal a turn or a lane change, and if you see someone desiring to move over, be that defensive driver and allow them to get in. There is no place that we must get to that the 10 seconds it takes to allow someone to change a lane will make a major difference if a difference at all. If you are already late, guess what? You are already late. Leave on time to get to where you must get to. Time management is a precious thing. Exercise it and you will see a whole new different aspect of getting where you need to be when you need to be there. Until next time, please be safe and enjoy your Christmas and New Year season!
Temecula resident December 11, 2011 at 04:28 PM
It appears that the writer assumed that there was alcohol involved in the accident. My first thought was sleep deprivation. If that was me on the road at 4:00 in the morning it most certainly would be from lack of sleep that caused me to be unaware or make a stupid vehicular move. Just saying... Everyone be safe out there on the roads. At to BK - California drivers are no different than anywhere in the world. Have you ever driven in Italy or France?
Brenda December 11, 2011 at 05:20 PM
BK awesome narrative and right to the points of many accidents. Then again there are those who are darting across 2,3,4 lanes of traffic in that area to get off on Winchester even at that time, and if impaired, well......... Hope everyone is ok, and I 2nd what BK says, if you are late anyways, you are LATE!! If late is a problem with you alot, get ready 1/2 hour earlier!. Have a Merry Xmas and a Happy and Safe New Years.
Don Lambert December 12, 2011 at 06:55 AM
This is a dangerous stretch of the freeway I-15 and merged I-215 where the right lane turns into an offramp and cars there run into cars ahead or swerve into the moving lanes where cars in the next to right lane maybe going 65 to 70 mph. Many southbound drivers speed up to get into the two left hand lanes that is often moving at 76 mph to get past the congestion area as quickly as possible. But the plans for construction of the Date street overpass and ramps and taking SB I-215 traffic headed to Winchester Road off the freeway earlier have been made and will help a lot when the construction is completed.
M. Lee Davis December 12, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Why else would they send a "blood tech" to the hospital?
Chris December 13, 2011 at 05:51 PM
@Temecula resident -- If law enforcement sent a blood technician to the hospital that means they suspect alcohol or drug use. That is not an assumption on the part of the writer.


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