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Antelope Road Remains Closed for Crash Investigation

Two patients—one a female child—suffered "serious, life-threatening" injuries in the crash that was reported at 5:21 p.m. on Antelope Road, about a mile north of Scott Road near the Murrieta-Menifee border, according to authorities.

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.

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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.

hydrangea April 07, 2013 at 07:18 PM
R.I.P. Emily. God bless our friends holding tight to their daughter.
Chris April 10, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Thank you for praying for my girl, she is still fighting for her life. Its a tragedy to lose one young girl but to lose two, its just not right. I screamed and cried when I heard about Emily. Her poor mother. We should not be going thru this. My daughter moved her hand today, tomorrow they will put in a Trach. She broke both legs, both wrists, every complication you can think, minutes seem like days and all I can do is watch her breath on the ventilator. She cant breath on her own yet because soft tissue damage is so severe. Please keep praying for my girl, I am amazed at how many people have come to pray for her. Everyone has been amazing. Emily, I am so sorry my heart breaks and I cant get over this tragedy. My daughter was not texting, my daughter was responsible like yours, she kept her phone in her purse and both hands were on the stirring wheel thats how she has bilat wrist fractures. So to that jerk who suggested MY daughter caused this from texting while driving... how dare you put that out there for TWO moms mourning to read, insensitive!! Both of our girls are responsible young women and this was just a tragic nightmare we are facing together.
dee April 17, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Sweetie, may the LORD, bless u with a MIRACLE !!!! we r praying for u & your family. Ryan Ns...Mom
Claudia Murphy August 21, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Ryan Ns mom ? But thank you so very much

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