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Big rig rollover shut down I-10 in Palm Desert

Three people were hurt and some lanes of Interstate 10 were closed after a big rig collided with another vehicle near Cook Street Monday night.

The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before 5:15 p.m Monday in the Eastbound lanes of I-10 just west of Cook Street.

Alemahyu Lemer, 32, of Twin Falls, Idaho, was driving a tractor-trailer in the right lane when another tractor-trailer veered into his lane. Lemer steered to the right to avoid the other rig, then corrected to the left and lost control, crashing into a GMC Envoy in the left lane, Officer Mike Radford said.

Radford said Lemer’s rig rolled over and struck the guardrail in the median, coming to rest on its side. Lemer, his passenger, Juan Luiz, and the Envoy’s driver, 40-year-old La Quinta resident Diana Rojas, were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

CHP is now looking for the erratic big-rig driver, whom is believed to have caused the crash.

The freeway reopened eight hours after the accident.

The eastbound back up stretched all the way past Monterey Avenue in Palm Desert, and the westbound back up saw vehicles lined up in bumper to bumper traffic to Washington Street.

The California Highway Patrol asked anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call 760-772-8900 and ask for the on-duty Sergeant.

KESQ News Team


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