Inland Empire Wind Gusts Flip Big Rigs, Snarl Traffic

Fuel spilled along 10-15 Freeway interchange

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Winds topping speeds of up to 60 miles per hour wreaked havoc in the Inland Empire on Wednesday, overturning several big rigs and slowing traffic for hours.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports it took crews several hours to clean up spilled diesel fuel from five overturned trucks at the interchange between the 10 and 15 Freeways.

California Highway Patrol officer Gene Carrillo said the high wind warning went out to all truckers, and while some trucks stayed off of the road, not all heeded the advisory.

Officers dealt with another wind-related injury accident in the same area: the winds were so intense that it blew a motorcyclist clear off the road before he could react.

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