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Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Mission Trail In Wildomar For More Than 9 Hours

Mission Trail is expected to reopen at 7 a.m. Dec. 15.

The crash scene, Dec. 15, 2013 at approximately 12:30 a.m.  Photo/Daniel Lane
The crash scene, Dec. 15, 2013 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Photo/Daniel Lane

A three-vehicle crash Saturday night in Wildomar resulted in four people injured and a road closure that lasted through the night.

The crash was reported at approximately 9:30 p.m. at Mission Trail and Olive.

According to Lake Elsinore Police Department traffic Sgt. Peter Giannakakos, preliminary investigation showed that a white 1997 Lexus 300 ES was traveling northbound on Mission Trail when the driver veered slightly to the right at the intersection of Olive, hit a curb, overcorrected, and went head-on into a gray 2007 GMC Yukon that was moving southbound on Mission Trail. A third vehicle, a gray 1998 Nissan Maxima was also struck in the collision.

Four people were transported to area hospitals with injuries, according to Giannakakos. The Lexus and the GMC drivers sustained major injuries, while the injuries to the driver and passenger of the Maxima were described as "minor," the sergeant reported.

Mission Trail was closed to traffic in both directions through 7 a.m. Dec. 15.

At approximately 1 a.m., Giannakakos, who was on scene, said drugs and alcohol were still being investigated as contributing factors to the crash, but at the time he could not confirm.

Witnesses are still being sought in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wildomar Police Department at 951 245-3300.

Fisher Lady December 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM
the photos are knarley. very sad way to spend your holiday season.
wildomar resident December 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM
I am so sorry.....
Kimberly Ansell Fox December 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM
I don't pretend to know what happened but so many people on the road are doing other things beside driving. I see it every day. Pretty sure they all think they are good drivers while multi tasking but I can attest with certainty they are not. Please when behind the wheel have that be your only task.
AlwaysPO'd December 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I tend to side with Kimberly on this issue. I too see it everyday and far too often.
KJ December 15, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I've had to look at some very gross photos of the aftermath of like accidents for my job and recall something an officer friend told me years ago, "You haven't seen anything until you've had to peel the body of an infant off of a windshield." Every time we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we have control over a potentially deadly weapon. I lost the closest thing to a daughter as I'll ever have because of a drunk driver and my life hasn't been the same since. I don't wish that kind of loss on anyone and had the drunk driver not also died in that accident, I'd probably be sitting in a jail cell right now. Praying those involved in this particular accident a speedy recovery with no residual injuries. Please, folks, be careful out there. This time of year with so many late night holiday parties can be especially deadly.
Donna Thompson December 15, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Wow, so sad. Those pictures make it seem like a miracle that no one was killed instantly.
Deena Lewis December 15, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if speed weren't an issue.I live less than a block from where this accident happened on Mission Trail. It is not uncommon for speeders in excess of 70 to 80 MPH right in front of my house. That, and the year excessive booming of stereos make this road extremely dangerous.
Diana December 15, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Every road in this town is dangerous, people driving carelessly, tail gating, texting and on the phone not to mention that we are driving on roads from the 30's that need serious widening and lighting to make them more safe for the 55,000 that live here and the 10,000 that commute through this town daily. Thank God no one was killed in this horrific accident it was in deed a miracle by the looks of the cars.
Debbie December 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
My son and his friend crawled through the windows of their car to safety and went to check on the others. The SUV driver had a broken back and the drunk driver is still unknown to us. If you saw the scene you would wonder how anybody walked out alive. I know that my Lord kept my son safe, now we are praying for the 18 year old girl and the suspected drunk driver, I pray for both of them to make a full recovery, and if he didn't make it I pray for peace for the family of this young man Amen.
Bd December 16, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Debbie, you've lived through my nightmare. Everytime my kids leave the house I fear something like this might happen to them. I join you in praying for everybody involved, including the families.

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