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Multi-vehicle collision, fuel spill trigger 91 freeway SigAlert in Corona

By in Press Enterprise on December 1, 2017

By Gail Wesson

Five lanes of the westbound 91 Freeway were closed Thursday evening at Lincoln Avenue in Corona due to a multi-car collision and fuel spill blocking all but one lane, according to a Caltrans tweet and California Highway Patrol traffic incident log.

The trouble began about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when an SUV stopped in the No. 3 lane. Then a semi-truck collided with the first vehicle and other vehicles became involved, according to the log.

By about 7:30 p.m., the CHP had called for a SigAlert and a Caltrans crew for clean up of what was described as 200 to 300 feet of oil in the roadway.

Traffic slowed to just east of the 91 and 15 Freeway interchange. As of 8:22 p.m., the 91 Freeway Expresslanes signs were displaying a message that there was no charge for using the westbound Fastrak toll lanes because of the SigAlert, according to the CHP site.

There was a call for an ambulance but no immediate details about any injuries.

The incident follows an unrelated fuel spill at 6:07 p.m. Thursday on the Pyrite Street off ramp of the westbound 60 Freeway in Jurupa Valley, where a semi-truck sustained a 100-gallon ruptured fuel tank.

About 15 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a storm drain, with an additional 40 gallons of diesel fuel pooled on the ground, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department news release. The agency’s hazardous materials team was called out.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the Jurupa Valley incident.

This story is developing. Watch for updates.

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