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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.

Fred Kempf April 06, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Actually, since the accident was in the city of Menifee, the scene should be investigated by the Menifee Police Dept., which is contracted to the Riverside Sheriff's Department. I would be interested in knowing which law enforcement agency is actually doing the investigation.
Fred Kempf April 06, 2013 at 02:06 AM
The Menifee Police Department will not investigate a traffic accident, or even report it accurately unless someone is injured or killed. This occurs when the Menifee Police Dispatch number is called, not 911.
Fred Kempf April 06, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Why isn't the local Police Department part of the first responders? Why is this reporting only from statements of the Riverside County Fire Dept.? Shouldn't the local Police be doing the reporting to the press of what happened?
McGruberface April 06, 2013 at 06:46 AM
RIP Emily... prayers for the family and friends of the victims this horrific ordeal. :(
Michelle Sexton Hansen April 06, 2013 at 08:27 AM
R.I.P. Emily Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved! Extra prayers out to the young girl who is still fighting. Menifee police is Riverside sheriffs
Guillermo April 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
my condolence's to the family and friends of the all the victims.
kristin c April 06, 2013 at 05:55 PM
This is so sad and unnecessary. This is a two lane road, why was the car sideswiped? One way I can think of is the car doing the sideswiping was passing and moved over too soon to miss an oncoming car??? Why can't people just slow down and pay attention to the road? You save all of 15 seconds maybe... yesterday all the crazies were out. First there was the typical light runners at Haun and Newport , 5 cars made the left turn after my light was green. 5! Then at 1am this morning coming home from a family function, I had the pleasure of sharing the road with a drunken idiot. I called 911 and stayed on until the guy was out of my sight, whether a unit ever caught up with him I will never know. He/she was driving a silver sedan with 6lk as part of the license plate...
Fred Kempf April 07, 2013 at 03:12 AM
There is NO police presence in Menifee monitoring traffic and writing tickets, especially on the Newport Rd. "freeway", and the I-215 overpass and the grid lock at Haun Rd. I don't know how many accidents I've seen on the overpass, and at the Haun Rd. intersection, it's a lot! The Riverside Sheriff's Department, who is contracted to be the Menifee Police, simply are not doing their job in enforcing our vehicle/traffic laws. The City of Menifee doesn't care either.
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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