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June 2, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Owners of the controversial Riverside Freeway toll lanes are seeking to refinance the private thoroughfare in an attempt to lower their debt and eventually eliminate tolls for carpools, motorcyclists and the disabled. Greg Hulsizer, general manager of the 91 Express Lanes, said if the California Private Transportation Co. can refinance, the move will help push the 6-year-old operation closer to profitability.
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November 30, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Motorists braving the heavily traveled 91 corridor between the Inland Empire and Orange County could see their commute ease as of Thursday. Orange County officials Thursday will inaugurate a new eastbound lane on a six-mile section of the Riverside Freeway, which commuters will be able to use starting that morning, officials said. The yearlong, $65-million widening project was the first in Orange County funded largely by the massive federal stimulus package enacted in 2009.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1994
A big rig overturned on the Riverside Freeway Tuesday afternoon, spilling a load of lumber and pipes that shut down westbound traffic through Anaheim for nearly two hours. The driver of the rig, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries in the 1:55 p.m. accident, which also forced the closure of a transition road from the Orange Freeway as Caltrans crews cleaned up the mess, police said.
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February 2, 2009 | Carla Rivera
Four people died in a fiery crash on the 215 Freeway in Colton early Sunday, authorities said. The accident occurred about 4:50 a.m. near South La Cadena Drive. Southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for several hours. All lanes had been reopened by noon. The names of the dead and their relationships were unavailable, pending notification of their families, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller.
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July 11, 1991
A tractor-trailer jackknifed Wednesday afternoon on the Riverside Freeway, knocking out the center divider and snarling commuter traffic for two hours, the California Highway Patrol said. It was not immediately known whether there were injuries, CHP authorities said. The truck was westbound at Lemon Street at 2 p.m. when it struck the divider, smashing large chunks of concrete loose into the fast lanes on both sides of the freeway, which caused three lanes to be shut down from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
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August 27, 1994
The California Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses to an Aug. 21 accident on the Riverside Freeway that killed a Los Angeles County youth. The accident occurred at about 12:40 a.m. on the eastbound Riverside Freeway near the Gypsum Canyon Road off-ramp. It involved a Honda Civic and Ford Taurus. Four passengers in the cars were injured in the crash. A 15-year-old boy from Lawndale died.
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August 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Plans to relieve congestion on the Riverside Freeway will be discussed at a community meeting Tuesday at the Green River Golf Club in Corona. The topic will be an additional eastbound lane that is planned for the freeway between the 241 toll road and the Corona Expressway. The $80-million project covers about seven miles and is proposed by Caltrans, the Orange County Transportation Authority and Riverside County Transportation Commission. The meeting is from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1999
A rush-hour accident involving an overturned tanker truck completely shut down the Riverside Freeway and backed up traffic for miles in the Corona area Friday evening. The massive snarl built quickly on the westbound lanes of the freeway about 5 p.m., when the tanker and a car collided near Serfas Club Drive. The driver of a small station wagon, swerving to avoid a car, lost control and spun into the path of the truck, said CHP Sgt. Lorin Orchard.
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August 29, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Commuters on the Riverside Freeway--already one of the most sluggish morning drives in Southern California--were brought to a brake-stomping crawl Tuesday when Caltrans performed routine maintenance at the highway's Costa Mesa Freeway interchange. It didn't help matters that a truck became stranded on the transition road to the southbound Costa Mesa Freeway at the same time. California Highway Patrol officials issued an advisory at 9:44 a.m.
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June 24, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran and Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writers
It started with an officer being shot and ended in a classic only-in-L.A. moment when a man with a gun darted back and forth across the busy Riverside Freeway in a shootout with police that resulted in the gunman being killed and a motorist wounded in the crossfire. By the time commuters hit the road Monday morning, the first-of-the-week crush in Orange County had already been badly snarled.
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June 7, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
For the last several weeks, workers have flown by helicopter into the rugged Santa Ana Mountains, where they have dug deep into the earth to help determine whether a highway tunnel can be built between Riverside and Orange counties. If tests prove successful, in a decade or so trucks and cars coming from near Corona could be traveling through an 11.5-mile tunnel under the Cleveland National Forest, avoiding the congested Riverside Freeway, transportation planners say.
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May 19, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Two people are dead and four others are in serious to critical condition after a pickup truck they were riding in Saturday night struck a palm tree. The crash occurred about 8:45 p.m. when the driver of the pickup crossed railroad tracks on Jefferson Street, just south of the Riverside Freeway, at 55 to 60 mph, said Riverside police spokesman Steven Frasher. The driver of the 2003 crew-cab Dodge Ram lost control of the vehicle, which became airborne and hit a tree, Frasher said. He estimated that the speed limit there was about 35 mph and said the two women and four men in the pickup were between 18 and 20 years old. Frasher said investigators were not yet sure if alcohol or drugs were involved.
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August 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Plans to relieve congestion on the Riverside Freeway will be discussed at a community meeting Tuesday at the Green River Golf Club in Corona. The topic will be an additional eastbound lane that is planned for the freeway between the 241 toll road and the Corona Expressway. The $80-million project covers about seven miles and is proposed by Caltrans, the Orange County Transportation Authority and Riverside County Transportation Commission. The meeting is from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
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July 2, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A passenger in a sport utility vehicle was killed in an early morning traffic accident, authorities said. Cesar Ramon Sanchez, 21, died at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana following the 1:22 a.m. accident on the transition from the eastbound Riverside Freeway to the southbound Costa Mesa Freeway, a CHP dispatcher said. The vehicle's 24-year-old driver was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.
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June 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A car traveling at more than 100 mph on the Riverside Freeway on Wednesday morning hit another car and flipped five times. The driver survived but fled on foot, a California Highway Patrol officer said. Officer Denise Quesada said the unidentified driver lost control of a Mitsubishi Lancer traveling westbound near State College Boulevard in Anaheim and clipped a Nissan Altima driven by Alice Taylor. The Nissan also flipped over in the 1:02 a.m. collision.
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April 6, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Along with death and taxes, commuters on the 91 Freeway may never be able to escape rush-hour congestion and rising tolls. Starting today, it will cost drivers as much as $9.50 to use the Express Lanes to get from Orange County to Riverside County -- or nearly a buck a mile. The new top fare, up a quarter from the last rate increase in January, places the 10-mile toll road among the most expensive in the country. It has doubled since 2002. Denver-area motorists pay $9.
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January 17, 2007 | From Times staff reports
A Trabuco Canyon man was killed early Tuesday when the car in which he was riding, driven by his daughter, hit a center divider and burst into flames on the Riverside Freeway. Scott Wesley Turner, 55, died at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim after the 12:30 a.m. accident just west of Imperial Highway. His 25-year-old daughter, whose name was not released, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange for observation, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.
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