Fleeing driver’s chaos: Motorist hurt, roads, railroad tracks closed, Riverside authorities say
Two vehicles were damaged Oct. 30, 2018, after a pursuit in Riverside led to a female motorist being critically injured. (Courtesy of William Hayes)
A vehicle whose occupants were fleeing Riverside police crashed into another vehicle Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30, leaving an innocent bystander in critical condition and shutting down a major intersection in the city for hours.
The crime, reported about 3:40 p.m., also disrupted passenger rail traffic from Los Angeles to San Bernardino and created a gas leak, authorities said.
Police were trying to stop a vehicle whose license plate was reported lost or stolen when the vehicle led a pursuit that lasted about three blocks, police Officer Ryan Railsback said. The vehicle, with two men inside, struck a car but continued fleeing, he said.
The suspect driver continued fleeing until that vehicle struck another vehicle, crashed into a mattress building and hit a natural gas line, Railsback said. The men ran but were arrested nearby. The woman who was driving the other vehicle was hospitalized in critical condition.
The gas leak was repaired by 6:05 p.m., the Riverside Fire Department said.
Metrolink passenger service between Riverside’s downtown and La Sierra stations was closed for a time because of the crash. Passengers at Union Station Service in Los Angeles were delayed, including some headed to San Bernardino through Riverside, Service resumed about 6 p.m.
At 6 p.m., police gave this update on traffic conditions on its Facebook page:
• The westbound 91 Freeway off-ramp at Tyler was closed.
• The eastbound 91 off-ramp at Tyler was open only to traffic heading north on Tyler.
• Tyler, between the north side of the 91 overpass and the railroad tracks just south of Indiana, was closed to all traffic.
• Indiana, east of Tyler, was closed in both directions.
The incident stopped trains from Orange county at the North Main Corona station. All passengers had to deboard trains and find alternate transportation to La Sierra station to pick up their cars or otherwise find transportation home.
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