15 injured in 63-vehicle pileup on foggy California highway

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2000

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A 63-vehicle, chain-reaction pileup injured 15 people Monday on a fog-shrouded sections of Interstate 15 near the Cajon Summit.

Two of the injured were in serious condition, authorities said.

Visibility in the fog was less than 100 feet and the pavement was wet, meaning motorists had no time to react to collisions in front of them, California Highway Patrol investigators said. The posted speed limit is 70 mph.

Two tractor-trailer rigs overturned in the crush of 58 cars and big trucks, said CHP Officer Robert Velasco.

Motorist Bruce Freeman said he encountered visibility down to 20 feet.

``I came to a stop and this gal came screaming down the hill doing about 65 or 70 mph and spun out of control, clipped us and wiped out another vehicle and sent two people to the hospital,'' Freeman said.

Fog lifted by late morning in the area 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. However, southbound lanes of I-15 leading from the high desert to the San Bernardino Valley remained closed by wreckage littering the highway.

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