Travis said that at 12:25 p.m., she was busy taking notes on a two-car collision on the Orange Freeway near the Yorba Linda Boulevard off-ramp, when she looked up to see a three-car accident on the crowded freeway in front of her. She had to unravel the cause of a chain-reaction accident that resulted in minor damage to 20 cars near Chapman Avenue earlier in the day.
"It was heavy rainfall that did it," Travis said.
Meanwhile, CHP Officer Robert Mendenhall said that he was kept busy with two pileups near the confluence of the San Diego and Santa Ana freeways.
In one morning accident, four cars slammed into each other, causing slowdowns but no injuries. While a tow truck was pulling one of the wrecked cars off the shoulder of the road on the Santa Ana Freeway near the Alton Parkway off-ramp, a car in the fast lane lost control and skidded into the tow truck, banked off the freeway and landed upside down. Two people received moderate injuries.
Moments later on the same freeway, a suspected drunk driver caused a four-car pileup when he sideswiped two cars, one of which spun around and hit another car. The driver of the first car sped away from the accident and was arrested a short time later at Alton Parkway.