UPDATED: TRAFFIC ALERT: Ortega Highway reopens following accident

Update: Thursday, May 11 6:40 a.m.

The Ortega Highway has just reopened following a closure lasting just under four hours due to a morning crash where at least two people were injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Original Story:

Both sides of the Ortega Highway are closed this morning following a crash where at least two people were injured, prompting the closure.

The crash was reported at 2:45 a.m., right on the Orange and Riverside county line between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano, the California Highway Patrol said. The highway was closed in both directions to allow for a helicopter to land to reach the patients, who were trapped in a car that went off a cliff, according to reports from the scene.

Motorists should use another route. Traffic conditions can be checked by calling 1-800-427-7623.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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