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Big Rig Crash in Riverside Leads to 1 DUI Arrest

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A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed into a big rig that had flipped onto its side on the eastbound 91 Freeway Saturday morning in Riverside, according to the California Highway Patrol.


A big rig crash on the 91 Freeway in Riverside blocked all lanes on the freeway on June 7, 2014. (Credit: Joshua Boothroyd)

Three lanes were blocked and the crash occurred at 5:23 a.m., according to a SigAlert.

The big rig was transitioning from eastbound Highway 60 to the northbound 215 Freeway, CHP Srgt. Ken Hagerman said.

“Due to his speed he overturned onto the eastbound 91 … and another Mitsubishi Galant collided into the back of the big rig. The driver of the Mitsubishi was taken into custody for possible DUI violation,” Hagerman said.

The driver was later arrested, according to a CHP dispatcher who would not disclose his name.

A second person driving eastbound on the 91 Freeway then collided into the bottom of big rig, Hagerman said.

It was originally believed that the driver fled the scene, but officials later determined that he cleared the roadway and waited for assistance, the CHP dispatcher said.

Cleanup efforts took longer than usual because the big rig did not have a fully enclosed trailer and may come apart if lifted, Hagerman added.

“We’re looking at approximately three to four hours of offloading and putting it onto another big rig before we can upright that trailer,” he said around 8 a.m.

There were no injuries related to the crash and all lanes were reopened before noon, the CHP dispatcher said.

KTLA’s Erin Myers contributed to this report.