A multi-car accident closed all southbound lanes on Interstate 15 just after 4 p.m. during the afternoon of March 30, according to authorities. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that four vehicles were involved in the car accident, which sent seven people to local hospitals. So far, no criminal charges appear to have been filed against any of the drivers involved in the crash, but the investigation remains ongoing as of this report.
According to the limited information provided at this time, it appears a pickup truck driven by an unknown party collided with three other vehicles, causing one of them to flip over onto its side, trapping at least one person. First responders worked to free that individual, while the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department saw to the other injured parties. A tweet sent out by the fire department confirmed that two people required extrication from the pileup and suffered serious injury.
The two extricated individuals were transported by air to a local hospital, while a third victim with moderate injuries and four more with minor injuries were transported by ambulance. Authorities cleared the freeway to facilitate the air ambulance landing to transport the badly injured. The highway remained closed for some time to facilitate the evacuation and subsequent investigation into the crash.
It is possible that no criminal charges will be filed in this car accident, but that does not preclude other legal avenues to the injured parties. California law allows those individuals to file personal injury lawsuits against any party deemed to have negligently contributed in a material way to the crash. Civil court requires that evidence of culpability be provided to the court in order for damages to be adjudicated and awarded to a plaintiff.