A large pickup and an RV collided Friday on Interstate 10 near Whitewater, blocking three lanes on one side of the freeway and snarling traffic.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened about 12:40 p.m. on eastbound I-10, near the Morongo Indian Reservation, according to the California Highway Patrol. The triple-axle pickup and the RV collided in the middle of eastbound lanes, though the circumstances were not immediately clear.
Riverside County Fire Department and Morongo Indian Reservation crews were sent to the location and found one of the damaged vehicles leaking fuel from a ruptured tank.
Eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway while a cleanup was initiated and the two vehicles were towed away, according to reports from the scene.
The crash left a separated eastbound crossover lane associated with a Caltrans construction project unaffected.
The roughly five-mile temporary lane was built to allow eastbound traffic to cross onto the opposing side of the roadway between Banning and Cabazon onto a separated lane from the others to avoid daytime lane closures associated with the I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project, according to Caltrans.
A SigAlert was issued at 1:10 p.m. because of the ensuing miles-long traffic jam.
Lanes were expected to be reopened before 3 p.m.
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