Truck Reported Stolen Overturns on I-15, Blocking All Lanes

The crash was reported around 6 p.m. Authorities are investigating reports that the truck was stolen.


UPDATE, 1:30 a.m. April 7:

TEMECULA, CA -- All lanes were reopened as of 1 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol.

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m. April 6:

All lanes of northbound Interstate 15 at Highway 79 South remained blocked as of 11:18 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The center divide was the only part of the roadway open.


Traffic on Interstate 15 through Temecula came to a standstill Saturday evening after a northbound big rig overturned near state Route 79, according to Highway Patrol dispatchers.

A CHP officer at the scene told Patch that the truck was reported stolen when the driver stopped at a set of scales. The suspect apparently lost control of the truck, struck other vehicles and overturned.

CHP officers were still working the crash and didn’t release information about any injuries.

The crash was reported around 6 p.m. The semi truck came to rest on its side, blocking all northbound lanes, according to the CHP. One lane of northbound traffic was using the center divide.

Patch will update this story when more details become available.

LisaB April 09, 2013 at 06:50 PM
@Linda I am sorry you were given a DUI in error. I hope you are going (or went) to court to fight for the injustice that was handed to you. As for my ignorance, CHP, as well as any city PD or Sheriff has the power to write you a ticket anywhere they like, city or highway. I.E., Escondido PD could be in town going to court and you are driving a little too fast for his liking, he has the authority and right to pull you over and write you a ticket. California Highway Patrol has the authority to write you a ticket, pull you over for a DUI, etc anywhere in California. So I am going to put that ignorant comment back on the table, as I don't think I'm the one being so ignorant here. And is it possible the officer who pulled you over was heading to 79 South from 79 North via Ynez since that too, is CHP territory? I am truly sorry you were inconvenienced by this accident, but again, it wasn't a national disaster, it was a traffic accident. Just because 'Linda' was inconvenienced doesn't mean every other officer in town should stop dealing with all the other police situations in town to make sure you can get where you need to be going. By the way, did you happen to read that the big rig caused about 6 other "individual" accidents that needed to be attended to by.....wait for it.....oh that's right, the CHP. As for your earlier question about my knowledge, 40+ years family in law enforcement SoCal and NorCal. Hope that answers most of your questions from above...
Brenda April 11, 2013 at 04:39 PM
LMH, Nice post and you are right about the man power, small station and not a state emergency, it was a vehicle accident. However a big vehicle against alot of smaller ones. LMH you can correct me if I am wrong, and I do NOT watch any CSI type shows and never have but 3D videos are taken at larges crashes where people are dead, or might die, and/or alot of property damage. They can reinact the chain of events and its saved forever with all measurements and everything. Yes its expensive technology but also less time consuming, more accurate then trying to measure every single inch of an accident of this size. I wish everyone had the opportunity to do a law enforcement job just once so we dont hear the donut, in and out burger attempts at jokes. Just where are Officers suppose to get breakfast, lunch or dinner when they are in a car all day folks? They dont have the comfort of a nice lunch lounge with AC/heat, bathrooms with a rest couch, or a dang toilet and sink to wash their hands. These people would not last a day. Most couldn't even handle all the paperwork.
Brenda April 11, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Oh geesh Capt, Do you really believe all that? By all pictures I saw there was CHP all over the place. Just how many were suppose to be out there sitting in the backed up traffic instead of helping at the scene, and directing traffic there? Drivers should be mature enough not to drive wrecklessly in bumper to bumper traffic and try to get further along by using the side of the highway. Do we all need to be babysat? LOL
Brenda April 12, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Of course everyone has the right to complain and even write letters to the CHP for the way it was handled. I do not believe that the CHP wanted thousands of drivers to have suffered that day, with kids, animals, grandparents, people who needed medication of some kind sitting in a grid lock for up to 5 hours. I believe they worked as fast as they could except for moving the truck to the side of the freeway, which of course was the main issue. Investigations do take a while, even with less cars and victims. This incident had alot of lies being told, a crazy man saying he was being chased by zombies and several injuries and alot of damaged cars to record. Depending on the locations of the bigger tow trucks that were needed to upright and move this mess,(which should be local) both the tractor and trailor, or one or the other could definately have been moved within the first few hours to allow traffic to get through. Its not like the strawberries were going to be any good anyway right and needed to be picked up by hand? I would like to hear from the CHP as to exactly why it took them 7 hours to move the tractor and/or trailer out of the lanes to let traffic through.
Brenda April 12, 2013 at 08:07 PM
The CHP does have jourisdiction so far off the freeways and being on Ynez would definately fall into that. Also Temecula Police have jourisdiction on the freeways for a certain distance. I dont remember how far it is and you could call them to find out. I also got a ticket on a freeway by a City Cop who got on the freeway ramp to drive to the next one to turn around, go a different way on a road, and I saw him, thought I was ok, and kept flying down the freeway coming home from the River. Well low and behold he came up behind me and pulled me over. Said I was the easiest speeder he had ever gotten. Who just flew right by him and he didnt even have to chase me down, LOL. I argued his right to give the ticket and then the lines of jourisdiction were explained and had to suck up that one after calling the PDs and Chps. Also in emergency when they call for all available units you can literally get all available units in the area. Soooo basically dont think speeding past a City cop on a freeway is ok, LOL


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