Traffic was clearing after being backed up along Interstate 10 in Palm Desert and Indio Tuesday morning in both directions due to several collisions.
The first incident involved a big rig truck that struck a concrete barrier at the Jefferson Interchange, sending a large metal piece onto the roadway.
Eight vehicles were pulled over to the right shoulder after hitting wreckage from the truck. This incident was first reported at 4:25 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
There were injuries in the wreck, but eastbound freeway traffic was backed up several miles toward Cook Street in Palm Desert.
The big truck was stopped at the Jefferson exit and had lost its trailer's back wheels.
Crews were working to repair a metal guardrail that was ripped away by the force of the big truck's impact.
A separate collision was reported just across the freeway lanes at 7:22 a.m. on Interstate 10 westbound just west of Jefferson Street.
Four vehicles were involved in this collision that backed up freeway traffic toward Indio's Monroe Street, according to the CHP.
A third single-vehicle collision was reported in Palm Desert on the freeway eastbound at Monterey Street in the number one fast lane. This collision was backing up eastbound I-10 traffic to Bob Hope Drive after first being reported at 6:56 a.m.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Traffic was still backed up but the crash scenes were cleared and traffic was returning to normal as of 8:30 a.m.
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