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Car, Big Rig Collide Near Whitewater, Trapping Driver

The driver of a vehicle— which was wedged under the big rig— has been hospitalized, fire officials said.

Update 2 p.m.: 

A Palm Desert man was hospitalized Tuesday following a crash on Interstate 10 near Whitewater which had left him trapped in his vehicle under a big rig.

The accident on westbound Interstate 10, west of Whitewater, occurred about 8:00 a.m., according to CHP Spokesman Officer Darren Meyer.

According to Meyer, the unidentified 35-year-old man was driving his Volvo sedan "at a very high rate of speed," just before the crash happened.

"As the driver attempted to change lanes around slower moving traffic, he collided with a black Hyundai Elantra driven by a 57-year-old woman from Yucca Valley," Meyer said.

That Hyundai then slammed into the center divider, but the driver was not hurt.  It was a different story for the driver of the Volvo, though.

"The Volvo went the opposite direction and collided with a semi-truck which was merging onto the westbound lanes of I-10 from the rest area," Meyer explained.

The man in the Volvo— who was not wearing a seatbelt— rear-ended the big rig, and got stuck under the larger vehicle, according to CHP and fire reports.

Firefighters came and cut the driver from his car, and he was then taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with injuries described as "life-threatening."

"The CHP has not ruled out drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor to this collision," Meyer added.

The driver of the semi-truck was unharmed.

 

Original story as follows:

A motorist was seriously injured Tuesday in a rear-end crash that left a vehicle temporarily wedged under a tractor-trailer near Whitewater, according to CHP and fire reports.

The accident on westbound Interstate 10, west of Whitewater, occurred about 8:10 a.m., Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Laura Germany said.

CHP logs indicate two vehicles and a "refrigerated transport" big rig were involved in the collision. 

Firefighters rescued the trapped person and took him or her to a hospital, Germany said, adding that no other injuries were reported.

t February 26, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Photo of I-10 sign? Really? C'Mon Patch! Noticed you have a lot of spelling errors in your stories, photos shown are not interesting to the readers. U talk of this accident, Wheres the photos to go with it? Im sure we all know what a I-10 sign looks like. Last week you post a story of a home invasion in Bng. & show photos of Bng. PD autos? Im also sure we know what police cars look like also! What happened to posting a story along with actual scene photos instead of keeping readers up in the air. If something happens in our home town we want to see not just read & look @a photo of a sign. Patch is now becoming boring! If you cant put it all out there, dont bother!
Renee Schiavone (Editor) February 26, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Thanks for your feedback, T. We try to get photos whenever we can, but we (aka I) can't be in all places at once and still get multiple stories posted to Patch each day. When major events happen, I do everything I can to get to the scene. I also encourage readers to share photos with the community. I actually did drive out to the scene of this crash, but it had already been cleared by the time I got there. If you want good scene photos- check out this story: http://patch.com/A-2jHw
Ellen Carr February 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Gee, Renee why can't you be in two places at one time? I'm so sorry you don't have the power of bi-location. Maybe you can ask for the power as a perk instead of a "huge" pay raise!!!!!!!!! Just making light of a boring comment!
Washy February 27, 2013 at 12:54 AM
This is a new blog not a Dr. Seuss book (SMH where's the pictures)
LuAnn VanPool February 27, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I have a pic of my Hyundai....
kim murphy February 27, 2013 at 06:20 AM
T just breath not even the press enterprise gets photos all the time!!!!
midge pinchbeck February 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM
What is the status of the man in hospital?
Renee Schiavone (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 05:02 PM
@Midge-- Due to privacy laws, law enforcement can't provide us condition reports, unless the injured person passes away.
miguel March 02, 2013 at 12:55 AM
as first responders the firefighters did not actualy cut the man out of the seat. they simply lifted the man out of his seat onto the stretcher. i personally hit the window in the vehicle and checked the status on the driver. shortly after paramedics arrived on scene....as a writer, please get your facts right before publishing. thanks
miguel perez March 02, 2013 at 12:56 AM
as first responders the firefighters did not actualy cut the man out of the seat. they simply lifted the man out of his seat onto the stretcher. i personally hit the window in the vehicle and checked the status on the driver. shortly after paramedics arrived on scene....as a writer, please get your facts right before publishing. thanks

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