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Bridge Collapse Closes Major California Highway

Brooke Shroyer1 year ago

A section of the eastbound Interstate 10 is temporarily closed after a severe storm washed away the bridge on Monday in the Southern California area near the Arizona border.

Details of the Bridge Collapse

According to Reuters, the section of I-10 ran over the Coachella Valley, only 40 miles west of Arizona. Traffic was heavily backed up along this key truck route, according to the California Department of Transportation.

The westbound section of I-10 was closed down as well due to erosion of the bridge’s ground support caused by the weekend storm. The California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Terri Kasinga reported that alternative routes in place were also closed off as a result of flash flooding.

Motorists would now have to take detours extremely out of the way.

The department said this stretch of I-10 is the main route for tractor-trailers transporting cargo to regional ports. The highway is estimated to hold 27,000 vehicles each day.

California Highway Patrol claims that they do not know when the Interstate section will be re-opened and is estimated to remain closed for a long time.

Damages Inflicted by Bridge Collapse

The bridge collapse brought attention to social media, with an image of a truck hanging off the edge of the bridge where the pavement gave way over the rushing water below.

Kasinga reported that the driver of the vehicle sustained moderate head injuries in the accident. The weekend storm was rare yet greatly needed in California’s ongoing four-year drought.

The community underwent strict irrigation cutbacks and severe mandatory conservation. The recent rain produced relief for the wildfires during this drought. Over the weekend, a brush fire burned over 3,500 acres, brought on evacuations, and burned 20 vehicles on a different highway in Southern California.

Fire safety crews finally gained control of the fire once the rains came on Sunday.

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