California Highway Patrol were on the scene of a solo vehicle rollover crash that occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Friday evening on southbound I-15 just south of Temecula Parkway.
According to officials, the driver of a black Ford SUV traveling southbound on Interstate 15 lost control of the vehicle, veered across lanes of traffic, and struck the left side of the bridge railing over Temecula Creek.
“The vehicle continued off the bridge and into the creek bed. The impact of the crash caused debris to fly in the air and strike a northbound vehicle,” said California Highway Patrol officer J. Hackett.
Hackett said the driver was trapped inside the vehicle.
“Citizens responded to the scene and rendered aid until firefighters arrived,” Hackett said.
The sole occupant, a Corona man who is approximately 20 years old, was transported by Mercy Air with moderate injuries, according to Hackett.
While both north and southbound lanes were closed to accommodate the helicopter landing, the northbound lanes have reopened with traffic moving at a slow crawl.
Traffic remains backed up on the southbound lanes while debris is cleared from the roadway.
Hackett said the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Daniel Lane is a freelance writer/photographer and regular contributor to SWRNN.