JURUPA VALLEY (CBSLA.com) – Three people were killed in a chain reaction wreck that shut down the 60 Freeway in the Riverside County community of Jurupa Valley Saturday morning.
The crash was reported around 3:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of State Route 60, near Pedley Road. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, it involved a semi-truck and four cars.
California Highway Patrol reports that the incident began when a 1995 Honda Accord carrying three people lost control while traveling east on Highway 60 and slammed into the center median.
A 2016 Ford Fusion also driving eastbound was unable to stop and collided into the Accord. The impact sent one of the Accord’s occupants flying over the median and into the westbound lanes, where the victim was struck by several westbound vehicles.
All three occupants of the Accord died on scene, CHP reported. Their names were not confirmed.
The driver of the Fusion, 27-year-old Victor Tyler of Redlands, was rushed to a hospital with minor injuries to both his arms, CHP said.
A Sig Alert was issued and both sides of the freeway were shut down for several hours, but have since reopened.
The exact circumstances that caused the crash are being investigated by CHP.
CBS 2’s Greg Mills reported from the crash site.
A woman who drove past the crash described it on Facebook as “the worst accident I have ever seen in my life. I won’t go into detail but I’ve been messed up about it all morning.”