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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Overturned big-rig carrying 24 tons of jelly causes 13-hour traffic jam


By Doug Saunders, July 3, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Sigalert on the 215 was lifted early Thursday morning after a big-rig carrying more than 24 tons of jelly jack-knifed sending four to the hospital and caused a 13-hour traffic jam Wednesday evening.

Shortly before 6:00 p.m., south of Inland Center Drive, the big-rig nearly collided with a Toyota Highlander, California Highway Patrol officer Scott Riley said.

“The driver of the Highlander swerved to the left to avoid crashing with the tractor-trailer,” Riley said. “In doing so she crashed into the center divider.”

The big-rig then crashed into the center divider too, flipping on its side sending the tractor over the center divider into northbound traffic.

The trailer landed on a Ford F-150 pickup truck crushing it, Riley added.

San Bernardino City firefighters responded and had to extricate the driver and passenger of the Ford F-150, CHP officials said.

All four people were taken to area hospitals. Their injuries ranged from moderate to major, but none were life threatening, Riley said.

Hazardous materials teams were on hand to clean up the fuel spilling from the tractor.

The northbound lanes were backed up well into Grand Terrace, officials added.