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Big rig carrying 40K lbs. of hot sauce overturns on I-10

A big-rig carrying thousands of pounds of hot sauce jackknifed on westbound Interstate 10 near Cabazon early Thursday morning, sending the driver to a hospital to be treated for minor facial cuts, but none of the truck’s cargo spilled.

The truck crashed around 1:45 a.m. on the freeway near the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The trailer carrying the jars of sauce remained intact, and none of the condiment wound up spilling onto the roadway, according to CHP Officer Darren Meyer. The big rig’s tractor, however, was heavily damaged.

The truck’s driver suffered some facial cuts and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, Meyer said. The driver was able to return to the scene, and using a new trailer, hauled away the sauce-toting trailer, he said.

News Channel 3 and CBS local 2 viewers contacted us to report slow-moving traffic in westbound lanes of I-10 near Cabazon, even after 8 a.m. Thursday.

KESQ News Team

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