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3 Injured in 15-Car Riverside Freeway Crash

January 18, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

Three people suffered minor injuries in a 15-car crash Thursday evening that closed the connector road between the northbound Eastern tollway and eastbound Riverside Freeway for about three hours, California Highway Patrol and fire officials said.

The accident occurred about 5:50 p.m. when a tow truck towing a pickup came around the curve on the connector route, where traffic had slowed, CHP Officer Mark Reeves said.

The tow truck driver was unable to stop and tried to drive between two lanes, striking about 14 cars before coming to rest on top of a Lincoln Continental. The woman driving the Lincoln was trapped under the tow truck for about an hour before being extricated.

Paramedics transported two other people to hospitals, fire officials said. Details about their injuries were not available late Thursday.

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