A California Highway Patrol Vehicle.
A California Highway Patrol Vehicle. MyNewsLA.com photo by John Schreiber.

An SUV overturned and rolled several times on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway Wednesday, ejecting an occupant who suffered major injuries when the vehicle flew over the center divider and then came to rest on the opposite side of the freeway.

A second person who remained in the vehicle nevertheless was critically injured and authorities said those injuries could be life threatening.

The accident happened about 12:40 p.m. on the eastbound 60 near Nason Street in Moreno Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The black GMC Yukon went out of control for unknown reasons and flipped, rolling across the eastbound side of the freeway, over the center divider wall and into the No. 1 lane on the westbound side. The driver or front seat passenger was ejected and tossed into the westbound fast lane, suffering major injuries, authorities said.

Riverside County Fire Department paramedics took the patient to nearby Riverside University Medical Center in critical condition, according to reports from the scene. The other party in the SUV was taken to the same hospital, also with apparently life-threatening injuries.

At least two other vehicles sustained minor damage in the crash, but no other injuries were reported.

CHP officers shut down eastbound lanes, detouring traffic around the crash site via the right shoulder. Two westbound lanes were also closed while wreckage was cleared and a preliminary investigation was conducted.

A SigAlert was issued at 1 p.m. because of the shutdowns and blockage.

The closures were expected to be lifted by 3 p.m.

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