July 20, 2015
A 30-foot section of a bridge on the 10 Freeway in Desert Center east of Coachella collapsed Sunday, closing Interstate 10 indefinitely.
DESERT CENTER, Calif. (KABC) --A 30-foot section of a bridge on the 10 Freeway in Desert Center east of Coachella collapsed Sunday, closing Interstate 10 indefinitely.
The 10 Freeway was shut down from Desert Center to the Arizona state line as a result of the bridge collapse and heavy flooding, authorities said.
"This is the major thoroughfare, absolutely, between the Palm Springs area and the Arizona border," said Mike Radford from the California Highway Patrol. "It's going to be closed for a long time."
Firefighters responded at about 4:40 p.m. to the eastbound 10 Freeway east of Eagle Mountain Road to rescue a trapped driver, Riverside County fire officials said. The driver was freed after nearly two hours and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with moderate injuries. A passenger made it out earlier in the day.