PERRIS ( — At least eight vehicles were involved in a crash that closed the 215 Freeway in both directions near Fourth Street in Perris on Saturday evening, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol said the crash was reported at 5:07 p.m., and occurred on the southbound side of the freeway.

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Six people suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Melody Hendrickson of the Riverside County Fire Department.

Hendrickson told City News Service that some of the vehicles in the crash caught fire.

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The entire freeway was closed for a time, according to the CHP, with the northbound lanes reopening first.

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