Editor's Note: This post was updated at 7:40 p.m. April 5 to note that Antelope Road between Garbani and Scott roads could be closed until midnight or later while the crash is investigated. More updates will be posted as information becomes available.
Antelope Road near the Murrieta-Menifee border was expected to remain closed to traffic for several hours Friday night as a head-on collision involving was being investigated.
The accident was reported at 5:21 p.m. about one mile north of Scott Road, according to a CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department incident report.
There were three patients; one with minor injuries and two with major injuries, the report stated.
County firefighters responded as did a Murrieta fire crew, for a total of 14.
Two patients were trapped, requiring firefighters to perform a cut-and-rescue operation, according to CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department's Melody Hendrickson.
The patients were extricated by 5:37 p.m, according to the report.
All three patients were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department was on scene investigating the crash, and said Antelope Road would be closed between Garbani and Scott roads for six or seven hours. A county forensics crew was also on scene, and a sheriff's helicopter was overhead to take aerial photographs.
The crash was affecting traffic on Interstate 215, as motorists were slowing down to look at it.
A preliminary investigation indicated that a Honda was traveling northbound on Antelope when it sideswiped another car, which caused that car to hit another car head-on, according to sheriff's Sgt. Danny Lingo.
Another two cars came upon the crash and rear-ended the others, the sergeant said.
Two patients—one a female child—suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, Lingo said.
The Menifee Police Department's Traffic Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to begin a thorough investigation, according to the sergeant. As a result, the roadway could be closed until midnight or later, Lingo said.
—Daniel Lane contributed to this report.