Posted by riversideaccidents - March 27, 2017 11:26 am
Three people were injured after a wrong-way, head-on collision in the city of Riverside early Sunday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the crash occurred March 26th around 1:30 a.m. on the 215 Freeway at Columbia Avenue. Authorities stated that a wrong-way driver was traveling in a Toyota Scion northbound in the southbound lanes at a high rate of speed before crashing into a BMW.
The identities of everyone involved were not disclosed. Two of the injured victims were trapped inside the vehicles and firefighters had to extricate them using the Jaws of Life. Those two individuals were rushed to a trauma center for treatment of critical injuries. A third person was also transported to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries.
An investigation is still ongoing in order to determine all the factors that were involved in the collision. Preliminary information from the CHP indicated that both vehicles were “crushed”, causing all lanes of the 215 South to be blocked after the collision. The wrong-way driver is believed to have been traveling at about 45-50 mph prior to the crash. The force of the impact caused one of the vehicles to overturn. All southbound lanes were closed while emergency personnel cleared the scene.