Two-Vehicle Collision in Winchester Kills One, Injures Others

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WINCHESTER  – A two-vehicle crash today involving a big rig and SUV at a Winchester intersection killed one person and injured two others, one seriously, as well as sheared a fire hydrant.
The collision happened about 11:40 a.m. at Leon Road and Domenigoni Parkway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP officials said the semi and Dodge SUV impacted in the eastbound lanes of Domenigoni, causing the SUV to spin into a hydrant and traffic signal pole, snapping it.
No other details about the collision were immediately available.
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics pronounced one of the occupants of the SUV dead at the scene. Another occupant suffered extensive life-threatening injuries and was taken to a regional trauma center for
treatment, officials said.
The trucker suffered minor injuries but declined treatment.
Eastbound lanes were completely shut down as a result of the crash.
The truck spilled 50 gallons of fuel and oil, some of which leaked into surrounding storm drains, prompting a fire department hazardous materials response, according to reports from the scene.
According to the CHP, the fire hydrant was completely dislodged, sending a geyser of water 80 feet into the air. Eastern Municipal Water District technicians temporarily shut off water to the location while capping the broken hydrant.
The eastbound side of Domenigoni was expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
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