Multiple Freeway Connectors Closed in Inland Empire After at Least 7 Trucks Overturn Amid High Winds

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Transportation officials closed multiple freeway connectors from Eastvale to Fontana after at least seven trucks overturned amid powerful winds.

Semitruck drivers should avoid travel as winds blasted the Inland Empire, Caltrans officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties said at 9:20 a.m.

At least six trucks had overturned, forcing the closure of the southbound 15 Freeway connector to the eastbound 10 Freeway and the northbound 15 Freeway connector to the westbound 10 Freeway.

They soon issued a SigAlert in Eastvale due to another overturned big rig on the eastbound 60 Freeway near the southbound 15 Freeway.

Earlier in the morning, winds caused a box truck to overturn and lean against a guardrail in the same area, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans released images of big rigs that have toppled over on the freeway in Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga.

“Extreme winds again today folks,” Caltrans tweeted. “Avoid travel if possible. Do not drive next to semis and high profile vehicles.”

People in their homes should try to remain in the lower levels and avoid windows during the “windstorm,” the National Weather Service said.

Winds from the north could gust up to 70 mph for parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, according to NWS. They were expected to peak early Tuesday morning and weaken by the afternoon.

The Weather Service’s high wind warning was set to expire at noon for Los Angeles County mountains and at 2 p.m. for the Inland Empire and Orange County’s inland areas.

The winds have been lashing Southern California since Sunday and continued to blast some areas overnight and through the early morning.

Winds reached 71 mph in Escondido Canyon in Malibu at around 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday, NWS said. Just before 8 a.m., the Chilao Campground in the Angeles National Forest recorded 65 mph gusts.

In the San Fernando Valley, Sylmar recorded 40 mph gusts just after 4 a.m. Pacoima and Porter Ranch experienced 36 to 37 mph winds.

In the San Gabriel Valley, the San Dimas area saw winds up to 42 mph, according to NSW.

Cal Fire San Bernardino released images of a car squashed under a massive tree in Yucaipa, saying crews have been busy responding to multiple service requests related to the winds.

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