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Wrong-way crash near Lake Elsinore shuts down 15 Freeway for hours

By in Press Enterprise on July 26, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A wrong-way driver slammed into a tractor trailer early Wednesday morning leading to the hours-long closure of the southbound 15 freeway near Lake Street near Lake Elsinore, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

The crash was first reported around 2:30 a.m. when a driver noticed the vehicle driving north on the southbound lanes of the 15 freeway, according to the CHP incident log. A short time later, the log shows the vehicle had struck the larger truck head-on.

The extent of injuries was not immediately clear.

Officials managed to reopen all lanes of the freeway just after 5:30 a.m.

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