RIVERSIDE — Dense fog that caused at least a dozen collisions and one death Friday morning forced the California Highway Patrol to close a 10-mile stretch of westbound California 60 through northwestern Riverside County.
"There was almost zero visibility," said Officer Mike Devine, the CHP accident investigator in Riverside. The westbound highway, between Valley Way in Rubidoux and Interstate 15 in Mira Loma was closed for about two hours.
Robert S. Vargas of Riverside was killed when a truck driver slammed his tractor-trailer at a speed of 40 or 45 m.p.h. into the rear of Vargas' car. The truck driver, 49-year-old Romula Avina of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and manslaughter, the Highway Patrol reported.
At least seven people were injured in other accidents involving at least 40 vehicles on the same westbound stretch of highway, authorities said. One accident involved a pickup truck driver who hit a motorcyclist and fled, the CHP said.