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5 big rigs knocked down in Inland Empire as powerful Santa Ana winds blow through SoCal

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5 big rigs knocked down in Inland Empire as powerful Santa Ana winds blow through SoCal


ONTARIO, Calif. (KABC) — Powerful winds blew through the Inland Empire Monday morning, overturning at least five big rigs on freeways and knocking down power lines.

According to the California Highway Patrol, two of the five trucks overturned near the I-10/I-15 interchange in Ontario. AIR7 HD was above the scene and captured a tow truck dragging one of the big rigs off to the shoulder.


Two more big rigs were knocked down in Jurupa Valley and another fell in Devore. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

There was also a report of downed power lines across all lanes on the eastbound side of the 10 Freeway at Citrus Avenue.

Strong winds are expected to continue blowing through parts of the Southland Monday. High wind warnings are in place for the Inland Empire until 10 a.m. Tuesday, with northeast winds reaching between 30 to 40 mph with gusts of up to 75 mph.

Experts say big rigs most at risk are those that are returning empty after making deliveries. The high profile and lighter weight makes them more prone to tipping over.



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