News Update!!: Desert Center, CA: Both directions of Interstate 10 closed due to earlier bridge collapse.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Interstate 10 is closed in both directions and being turned around at Chiriaco Summit and Corn Springs after a bridge collapsed along the eastbound Interstate 10 in Desert Center, California at 5:13pm PT on Sunday, July 19th, 2015.
A 30 foot section of a bridge on eastbound Interstate 10 collapsed at the mile post 188 bridge near Eagle Mountain Road in Desert Center, California.
** Video from Michael Modecki (Instagram Username: Modecki): **
Drivers and passengers watched and filmed the activity along the westbound side on Interstate 10 as first responders work to save those who were trapped.
The bridge on the westbound side on Interstate 10 appears to have not collapsed as seen in the video.
According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the bridge collapsed trapped a truck beneath the debris.
** Pictures from Chief Geoff Pemberton and CAL FIRE Riverside (Twitter Username: @CALFIRERRU): **
Fire department firefighters responded and began a cut and rescue operation, and the truck driver who was trapped sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.
Earlier, just eastbound Interstate 10 and traffic was backed up along eastbound Interstate 10 for many miles.
The California Highway Patrol has closed both directions of Interstate 40 and are asking drivers not to travel along Interstate 10 and to use either Highway 62 from Parker, Arizona or Interstate 40 from Needles, California by using Highway 95.
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