Wrong-Way Driver Crash Closes Lanes on 215 Freeway

A wrong-way crash on the 215 Freeway in Riverside trapped two people and left three people hurt Sunday. 

Three people were injured, including two critically, in the multi-vehicle crash, the California Highway Patrol said. 

Paramedics and firefighters were dispatched at 1:31 a.m. to the crash on the southbound freeway, north of Columbia Avenue where it was reported that a silver sedan was going northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway, the City of Riverside Fire Department reported. The silver sedan was traveling fast on the freeway when it collided with another sedan. 

Two vehicles sustained major front end damage with at least two people trapped inside, suffering from critical injuries. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victims.

Paramedics rushed two people to an area trauma center and a third person to a local hospital, where that person's condition was not immediately known.

It wasn't clear if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. 

All lanes of the southbound 215 Freeway were shut down. Two lanes were reopened by 3:30 a.m.

Copyright CNS - City News Service
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