UPDATE AS OF 8:25 A.M.
The CHP reopened Interstate 10 at 8:17 a.m., but backup stretched for several miles east through the City of Indio. Traffic was clearing from the earlier wreck.
A collision that involved several vehicles, including a big rig truck hauling cars, brought traffic to a standstill on Interstate 10 in Indio Wednesday morning.
The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert for closed traffic lanes.
The CHP said all three westbound freeway lanes were closed due to the wreck that spilled oil onto traffic lanes.
The collisions were first reported at 5:07 a.m.
Traffic was backing up to Golf Center Parkway in the westbound lanes. Eastbound traffic lanes were not impacted by the slowdowns.
The Monroe Street freeway westbound onramp was shut down. Drivers stuck in freeway traffic were being allowed to use the freeway shoulder to get around the wreck site or were being turned around to exit the freeway back at Monroe Street.
Drivers can avoid the freeway by taking Avenue 42, Country Club Drive, or Highway 111 as alternate routes.
KESQ News Channel 3 has a crew on the way to find out more. Stay with us for updates on this breaking news.