The California Highway Patrol reported on its website that all lanes of Interstate 15 through Temecula have been opened as of 8:50 a.m. The SigAlert for the area was canceled at 9:14 a.m.
Traffic in the Temecula area is backed up on Interstate 15 following a fatal motorcycle accident that prompted officials to close most of the freeway for a short period, according to a California Highway Patrol website posting.
The accident was reported at 6:20 a.m. at southbound I-15 and Rancho California Road, the CHP reported. Investigators initially closed down the Rancho California Road offramp, then shut down all lanes of the freeway.
Traffic is backed up on both the I-15 and Interstate 215 for miles and has reached Wildomar and Murrieta and into Menifee. The backup has also caused backups on side streets and motorists seek alternative routes. There are reports some motorists are using the shoulder to pass and traffic is backed up on Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Winchester Road approaching the freeways.
At 8:19 a.m., the CHP reported that two of the four lanes have been opened.
There was no information available about the motorcyclist or details of the crash.