UPDATE: Spilled Veggies Prompt I-215 Traffic Backup

The number one lane on southbound Interstate 215 just south of Newport Road was closed while crews cleaned up spilled vegetables, CHP reported. Traffic was affected on both the northbound and southbound sides.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 2:20 p.m. Oct. 8 with information from a CHP officer on scene.

Spilled vegetables caused a sigalert to be issued Monday on Interstate 215 in Menifee, just north of Murrieta.

A crash that involved a truck hauling a load of vegetables occurred at about 1:08 p.m. Monday south of Newport Road, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

The truck was traveling northbound on Interstate 215 north of Scott Road and south of Newport Road when the driver experienced a tire blow-out, according to CHP Officer Carl Rosengren.

"The driver tried to regain control, meanwhile the truck crossed all lanes, went into the dirt and overturned, with the truck resting on the southbound lanes," Rosengren said.

The truck rolled at least one time, he said.

A sigalert was put out for both directions on Interstate 215 for an unknown duration, Rosengren said at the time.

Paramedics were called to the scene to check the truck driver and another driver for minor injuries, but Rosengren said neither men were transported to the hospital.

The number one southbound lane was shut down, but reopened at about 1:32 p.m., according CHP's dispatch log.

It then was closed again at 2:11 p.m. in order for the truck to be towed, CHP reported.

Traffic was backed up on the northbound side of I-215 from Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta, and as far as McCall Boulevard in Menifee on the southbound side.

—Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

LBV Collins October 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Wow! Glad no one was hurt.


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