RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — One person was killed several others were injured in a five-vehicle crash in an unincorporated area between the cities of San Jacinto and Moreno Valley, after a pickup truck smashed head-on into a big rig Sunday evening, May 17.
The deadly collision, which led to a chain of other crashes, happened on Gilman Springs Rd., near the intersection of Eden Hot Springs Rd., according to authorities who are continuing to investigate the cause of the fatal collision.
Sunday’s crash was the second deadly accident on Gilman Springs Rd. in the last two weeks, after a 17-year-old Calimesa girl was killed May 4. The teen killed in the accident and another passenger were ejected onto the roadway when an SUV overturned multiple times, officials said at the time.
The driver of the earlier solo-vehicle crash was later arrested for DUI, hit and run, and other charges, after officers determined the 18-year-old Lomita resident was fleeing the scene of an earlier crash. The two accidents happened just a few miles apart.
CHP, Cal Fire, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the crash around 10:47 p.m., after receiving reports of a major injury accident, CHP has since reported.
911 callers told emergency dispatchers that the big rig involved in the collision burst into flames and that at least one person was critically injured and trapped inside one of the involved vehicles.
One person was killed and several other were injured after a pickup truck and big rig collided head on Sunday night.
When officials arrived they found five vehicles that were involved in the crash, including a white pickup truck and tractor-trailer semi-truck.
The big rig was still engulfed in flames when authorities arrived but firefighters quickly managed to knock down the blaze, according to Cal Fire; who also reported that one person was fatally injured and declared deceased at the scene.
It was not immediately known which vehicle that person was in at the time of the crash and the name of the victim has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the victim’s family.
Officials are still investigating the cause of Sunday’s fatal head-on crash, which caused a big rig to burst into flames.
Paramedics evaluated and treated five other victims at the scene, none of whom required further medical attention.
CHP is continuing to investigate the cause of Sunday’s deadly crash.