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Westbound 10 Freeway closed in Fontana after big rigs hit bridge

April 04, 2013|By Frank Shyong

A portion of the westbound 10 Freeway near Citrus Avenue in Fontana was closed for three hours Thursday after two big rigs struck a temporary bridge and showered the roadway below with debris, according to California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Terri Casinga. 

The crash occured about 4 p.m., and a SigAlert was issued about 20 minutes later.

One truck carrying an earthmover on a flatbed trailer struck a beam supporting the wooden bridge, causing debris to hang down. The second truck, which was carrying a forklift, struck the hanging debris.

The impact knocked the forklift off the truck bed. It was dragged behind the second truck for about a quarter mile, Casinga said.

Online CHP logs of the incident said the forklift, weighing anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 pounds, was on its side in the road at one point. 

Both trucks, the construction equipment and a blue Toyota Celica traveling near the second truck were damaged, but no injuries were reported, Casinga said.

The incident created a traffic nightmare that had drivers making U-turns on the freeway, driving the wrong way and on road shoulders to escape the traffic, according to CHP logs. 

The freeway was reopened about 7 p.m., Kasinga said. 

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