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Lanes reopened on I-10 eastbound in Banning following overturned big-rig truck

A collision involving a big rig semi and another truck was blocking all four eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Banning Thursday morning.

The crash was reported at 7:14 a.m. just west of 8th Street involving a gray Toyota Tundra and a semi police said jack-knifed and was leaking fuel.

Caltrans crews hoped to reopen the number 2 and 3 lanes shortly after 9:00 a.m. allowing traffic to use a construction bypass lane to get around the wreck. The number 4 slow lane remained closed as crews worked to clear the wreckage and repair a guardrail.

The big rig was flipped over and blocking all lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol. Injuries were reported, although it's not known how severe. 100 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled, according to the CHP.

Westbound traffic was not impacted by the freeway closure, but eastbound traffic was backed up to past Ramsey Street, more than a mile.

Vehicles were being diverted off the freeway at 8th Street and using a construction bypass lane to pass by the wreckage. The 8th Street freeway onramp was also closed to eastbound traffic.

A second collision was reported in the traffic backup, this crash involving a driver in a Chevy Malibu and a big-rig truck at 7:51 a.m. The truck's driver drove away without exchanging information, according to the CHP.

This is a breaking news update. Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for updates.

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