Traffic on southbound Interstate 15 was a virtual parking lot due to a pair of early morning accidents Thursday, Nov. 9, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The first accident, a hit-and-run, was reported about 4:15 a.m. near the Mission Road exit in Fallbrook. The incident involved a tractor trailer and a pickup truck pulling a trailer in which the pickup truck and trailer were overturned.
The accident blocked three of the four lanes but had no injuries, according to California Highway Patrol Spokesman Officer Darren Mayes.
“It looks like two or three people hopped out of the pickup truck and got into another truck and left,” Mayes said. “It created a traffic nightmare.
“It basically was a big mess,” Mayes said. “There were a bunch of smaller accidents behind that.”
Most of the crashes were minor in nature but another accident, reported at 7:31 a.m. at I-15 south of the Rainbow Valley exit involved a motorcycle and three vehicles, according to Mayes.
Minor injuries were reported.
“We didn’t tow any vehicles after that one,” Mayes said.
The southbound route through Rainbow was also backed up to Temecula Parkway. Southbound Pechanga Parkway to Pala Temecula road was backed up to Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Westbound Temecula Parkway is backed up from the freeway to Margarita Road and both Ynez and DePortola roads are moving at a very slow pace.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.