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5 big rigs overturn on windy San Bernardino County freeways

February 2, 2011 | 10:10 am

Strong winds on San Bernardino County freeways caused five big rigs to overturn in less than three hours Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said.

Lanes on the southbound 15 Freeway at the 10 Freeway connector in Rancho Cucamonga were closed for 4 1/2 hours while authorities cleaned up a fuel spill from the first accident at 4:15 a.m.

Authorities said the 58-mph winds in the area were the strongest San Bernardino County has experienced in eight months.

Two more rigs overturned shortly after 6 a.m. in the same area, but on the northbound 15 Freeway at the 10 Freeway connector, said CHP spokeswoman Jaci Parent.

A fourth rig turned over half an hour later on the 10 Freeway near the Etiwanda exit in Rancho Cucamonga, Parent said.

The fifth incident occurred at 7 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway near the northbound 15 Freeway connector near the border of Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside, Parent said.

No injuries were reported in the accidents, officials said, and all the rigs have been removed from the lanes and are no longer blocking traffic.

The site of the first accident is scheduled to remain closed for about another hour while cleanup continues.

A wind advisory remained in effect for all big-rig drivers in San Bernardino County until the early afternoon, authorities said.


Powerful winds overturn trucks; lanes of I-15 closed in Inland Empire

-- Nate Jackson