PINYON PINES, Calif. - California Highway Patrol was investigating a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 74 near Pinyon Pines that left 10 people injured.
Cal Fire said there were 10 patients involved in the wreck, which happened just after 12 p.m. Sunday on Highway 74, east of Pinyon Drive. According to Cal Fire, there were three people who suffered major injuries, one who suffered moderate injuries and six who only suffered minor injuries. Cal Fire firefighters had to help rescue several people from an off-road recreation vehicle and a passenger vehicle.
Battalion Chief Robert Fish with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire said the off-road vehicle drove into oncoming traffic on Highway 74 when an SUV turned a curve and crashed into the off-road vehicle.
Three teenagers were riding the off-road vehicle, while 7 others were in the SUV. Fish said the victim's raged from ages four to 31 years of age.
A neighbor, stuck in traffic, told News Channel 3's Lauren Coronado accidents like this in the area are something he sees often.
Viewers who called our newsroom said they saw multiple helicopters arriving and leaving the scene. According to CHP, there were helicopters taking patients to the hospital by air.
Cal Fire said all patients were taken to the hospital, and CHP was investigating. Lanes were reopened a few hours later.