Several lanes of Interstate 10 in the Cabazon area will remain closed much of the day after tractor-trailer overturned and blocked them Wednesday morning.
The crash on I-10 near Main Street was reported about 7:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Three of the four lanes were expected to remain closed until 2 p.m. Wednesday for cleanup, and drivers should anticipate delays, according to Caltrans.
The crash involved a gold Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer eastbound on I-10 in the slow lane, according to CHP Officer Darren Meyer.
â€œThere were thunderstorms in the area at that time and the roadway was wet,â€ Meyer said. â€œAs the truck driver entered a sweeping right turn on the freeway he lost control of his truck.â€
At that point, the vehicle and its trailer rolled into the center dirt median and over a metal guard rail that separates the east and westbound lanes, according to Meyer.
â€œThe truck and trailer rolled onto its side and came to rest blocking three of the four westbound lanes of I-10,â€ he said. â€œOnly the slow lane of westbound I-10 remained clear of the wreckage.â€
CHP says the driver escaped injury, an no other cars were â€œsignificantlyâ€ involved in the wreck. Though there were 102 childrenâ€™s bicycles in the trailer, they managed to not spill.
However, due to the position of the overturned truck, the numbers one, two and three lanes of the westbound side of I-10 will remain closed until about 2 p.m. for cleanup, according to Caltrans. Â The number one lane will be closed headed eastbound.