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Two Crashes South of Checkpoint Stop Traffic, Injure Motorists

A crash involving a gray Ford Escort and an Avalanche was reported about 8:10 p.m. The second crash was reported about 8:25 p.m., according to the CHP.

Two crashes about 15 minutes and 50 feet apart just south of Temecula stopped traffic dead on Interstate 15 just south of the Border Patrol checkpoint, the California Highway Patrol reported.

A crash involving a gray Ford Escort and an Avalanche was reported about 8:10 p.m.
The second crash was reported about 8:25 p.m., according to the CHP.

Several people suffered injuries and were to be taken to area hospitals, the CHP reported.

Traffic was already slowed in Temecula because of construction that forced closure of three lanes on the 15 until early Sunday morning.

Michelle April 29, 2012 at 06:09 AM
People driving thru Temecula need to slow down...nd US that live here need to slow down...it's like there's an accident everyday:(
scott April 29, 2012 at 06:43 AM
True we need to slow down, but why does it take over two hours to go 10 miles whenever there is an incident on the 15?...do the investigators really have all the time in the world that they can't clear it up sooner?? We know they have to do their job but they gotta be quicker-on the 15 from mission fallbrook from 945-1145 with tired kids!!
melanie April 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I think if it was me and my kids in that crashed vehicle I would want the police/emergency workers/medics to do what they need to do and take the time they needed to do it. One day it might be you and your kids....so maybe have a little patience at someone else's horrible misfortune.
Italo Domani April 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I've had it with people's crazy driving habits! WHY does everyone have to be in a hurry all the time? I slow down to 25 mph in an active school zone then some moron starts tailgating me and blowing their horn. 70 on the freeway means you can go 90? WHY can't folks just leave a few minutes earlier and enjoy a less stressful and safer drive?
Brenda April 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I agree Melanie, Michelle and Michael!! Three accidents last night, ridiculous, and no one was seriously injured so far. There is no where that anyone needs to get to that you have to drive wrecklessly or over the speed limit. NO NO NO, its the most idiotic and one thing you can control in all of our lives, DRIVING SAFETY, and not killing someone, including your own family, children in your own car for heavens sake. Scott, you just needed to go to bed when you got home instead of finding this article on the wrecks, slept, and commented this morning with something realistic. Hopefully they are investigating it, and with three cars involved it takes awile, to find the person at fault and SITE THEM FOR IT, so maybe someone learns a lesson. You have people barreling to San Diego and vice versa to Temecula to P A R T Y, then the normal traffic going either way for the weekend, or night. Plus during the week workers going back and forth. Its drivers, we need to do something to get them to slow down, not cut back and forth to the 3 Temecula exits at the very last moment cutting off other drivers. The only thing that will Help prevent this, without a whole rebuild of the freeway is. Cement barricades in the 1 lane so that people exiting have to get in there a good 1/2 mile before the exit or they miss it. *No more cutting over 2,3, lanes. Highway patrol in this area to write tickets for wreckless driving, speeding. UNSAFE lane changes.
J. Dillingham April 30, 2012 at 01:48 AM
There is no excuse for CalTrans constantly closing multiple lanes on a busy Saturday night or any peak time. I suspect that was a contributing factor in the accidents. Think, CalTrans! You are widening and improving our roads for a reason.... they are necessary.
KB April 30, 2012 at 05:54 AM
I commute daily from Temecula to San Diego like so many others, and I can safely say the 15 is out of control during rush hour. Speeds well over 90mph + are common and no big secret. At the risk of stating the obvious there are all types of drivers on the road: drivers who are angry, depressed, impatient, low IQ and the list goes on and on, As Brenda mentions, road design helps a lot, and I hesitate to mention this, but at the end of the day the only thing that works is enforcement. Visible enforcement is most effective at slowing drivers down.
RB April 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Thank goodness that the investigators do take their time. On March 17th, I was in a seven car accident. My husband was severely injured, and myself and three kids were also injured. I truly appreciate the time the officer took to make sure he knew what happened so that the responsible party can be cited. It will take a long time to settle this case, but it would be a LOT longer if a thorough investigation wasn't done. So Scott, be more patient with the police. If you want to complain, complain about those causing the accident. Mine was caused by a stupid, TOTALLY avoidable mistake!
Galactic Cannibal May 01, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Does the Patch moderator apply "pending approval" to all other posters . He/She does on my posts including the one above.
Galactic Cannibal May 01, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Hey Dude, Drivers here are basically selfish and 85% drive like geriatrics. They are spread all across the lanes blocking faster drivers. Speed does not kill . Drivers who can't handle speed and road conditions kill .. Try driving on European motorways, and particularly on the German Autobahn with No speed limit. In Europe they drive faster, they have as many cars but they kill less people on the roads there. After spending a month last June in Europe and driving in Germany, cruising at 100 -120 mph+ and getting passed by 60 % of the drivers . When i got back home here I felt i was driving in a geriatric motorist society. it took me a week to get acclimated again, to the snail pace driving on the I-15 (by most of the drivers). Driving in not a privilege (that's propaganda) We pay hundreds of millions dollars in tax and road license to build and maintain roads. We own those roads they are built with our money. In my opinion we should have at least one lane with NO speed limit. And if one of the geriatric (70 mph) drivers get on there , they get automatic ticket for slowing down faster traffic.
drg May 01, 2012 at 11:30 PM
+1 to Galactic. I've lived in New England, the Midwest, and SoCal. I-15 driving is brutal. "Keep right except to pass" is for a reason - it saves lives. Way too many drivers are swerving in and out of lanes on the 15 because that rule doesn't seem to apply to drivers who want linger is the passing lane at or below the speed limit.

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