Breaking News: Big Rig Flips on Interstate 10, Blocking Lanes for Hours



Highway Patrol

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.

“There were thunderstorms in the area at that time and the roadway was wet,” Meyer said. “As the truck driver entered a sweeping right turn on the freeway he lost control of his truck.”

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.

“The truck and trailer rolled onto its side and came to rest blocking three of the four westbound lanes of I-10,” he said. “Only the slow lane of westbound I-10 remained clear of the wreckage.”

CHP says the driver escaped injury, an no other cars were “significantly” involved in the wreck. Though there were 102 children’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.  The number one lane will be closed headed eastbound.