UPDATE: Temecula Man Killed in Motorcyle Crash

All lanes but one were closed on Interstate 15 for more than two hours.

UPDATE: Victim Identified
March 29, 4:12 p.m.

More details were released on a crash that killed a man in Temecula on the southbound Interstate 15.

Brent Sherrell, 41, of Temecula, was killed when a truck hauling a trailer ran over him at 6:18 a.m. just south of the Rancho California Road exit, California Highway Patrol Officer Ron Thatcher said.

Sherrell was going about 20 m.p.h. splitting traffic when he clipped a Jeep, lost control of his motorcycle and went down in front of the truck.

"As the Harley fell to the roadway, Mr. Sherrell was ejected onto the roadway directly into the path of the dump trailer,'' Thatcher said. "Subsequently, Mr. Sherrell was run over by the left rear wheels of the dump trailer, inflicting fatal injuries.''

Original story

A fatal car crash backed up traffic on southbound interstates through Temecula Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at about 6:20 a.m. on Interstate 15  just past the Rancho California Road exit, according to the California Highway Patrol. All lanes but one were blocked for more than two hours, causing a traffic backup to Menifee on Interstate 215 and Murrieta on Interstate 15.

There was a confirmed fatality, but no additional information was available.

All lanes were reopened just after 9 a.m., but a traffic advisory was still in effect for the region at 9:28 a.m.

Peter Surowski contributed to this report.

Typhanie Sharfner March 30, 2011 at 01:11 AM
How horrible! I had to drive from Menifee to Temecula today and heard of the accident. We took the long way around using Scott Rd. to Winchester. No traffic for us, but the freeway looked like a parking lot and Jefferson was pretty bad too! When things like this happen, many of us curse the traffic and think about ourselves and how late we will be. We need to remember that those involved, whether it's a minor fender bender or like today, a death, did not plan for it to happen and are surely having a worse day than us. To the family, peace be with you during this devastating time.
Raye Lynn March 30, 2011 at 04:46 AM
I too was caught in this morning's traffic. My heart goes out to the man this happened to and his family. Also, I think of the dump trailer driver who couldn't have foreseen what was about to happen and how this will surely impact his life. I will thank God everyday for my safe journies to and fro.


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