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UPDATE: Ortega Highway Closes Due To Crash

It is unclear what caused the crash.

The Riverside County Coroner's Office has reported a fatality in this crash. Click here for more information.

UPDATED AT 10:25 p.m.: A solo-vehicle crash on Ortega Highway forced the closure of the state route Tuesday night for more than two hours, according to CHP.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department reported the crash at 6:46 p.m., just east of the Lookout Roadhouse. According to a department news release, the vehicle plunged over the side of the roadway about 150 feet.

A man and a woman were in the vehicle, according to the news release, and both sustained critical injuries. They were transported to a local hospital, but updates on their condition is not available.

It is unclear what caused the crash.

CHP reported the roadway had been reopened at 10 p.m.

B dubb April 04, 2012 at 03:53 AM
A sheriff copter transported ? Sounded more like mercy air to me.
Red Dots Furniture April 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Here is a link with the current info! http://tcfireweb.co.riverside.ca.us/firepio/process?action=viewIncidentHtml&id=28235
Warner Huxtable April 04, 2012 at 04:20 AM
The whole road should just be lined with concrete barriers on the stripe between the two lanes. It'd be cheaper in the long run than constantly scraping people off the road.
Celina April 04, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Everyone is still stuck on the Ortega. geez this is ridiculous. The two injured people are already in the hospital. They need to reopen the road to let people get home so they can sleep and get back to the work early in the a.m.
Robert Lougee April 04, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Just the way i want to spend my evening after a long day at work. All because another jackass couldn't keep it on the road. At this rate the idiot will be released from the hospital before we get off this damn road.
Anon April 04, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I can still see the lights from my house, tons of cars
angel dee April 04, 2012 at 06:30 AM
is ortega open yet?
angel dee April 04, 2012 at 06:31 AM
is ortega open yet?
Toni McAllister (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Yes, according to CHP the roadway is now open.
Christi April 04, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Ate there any more updates?
Toni McAllister (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 07:14 PM
No new updates have been released. Will keep you posted if we get anything.
Diana April 05, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Sure hope those commuters can keep the rubber side down for a while driving the Ortega, there sure has been a lot of accidents on this road lately, what a tragedy!!!
Shannon Welch April 06, 2012 at 06:01 AM
The woman in the crash was my friend. And she died today from her injuries. Hopefully it wasn't too much of an inconvenience for all of you who were stuck in traffic. Hopefully her daughter hasn't seen these comments.
Shannon Welch April 06, 2012 at 06:04 AM
The "jackass" was released today, to the morgue. My friend died in this crash, your comments are insensitive. She plunged 150, survived until today. What if this was your mother, friend, or sister?
luke April 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Robert you are a selfish jackass. The woman died and the man may not make it. glad you made it home safe to keep this world a shiny happy place. You jerk.
Arlene Carley April 08, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I am also a dear friend of the victim. The insensitivity here is amazing!!! Enough said!!!!
Arlene Carley April 08, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Her 17 year old daughter will be spending Easter celebrating her Mothers life! You insensitive prick!
Arlene Carley April 08, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Scraping people off the road? Wow! I wonder if you would say that to the face of Estees 17 year old daughter who will be morning the death of her mother tomorrow!? You ass!
ivette April 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Please ppl drive safely in Ortega!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..my husband leaves each morning at 4 and it makes me worry a lot thatt maybe one of those mornings will be our last..so please drive safely!!!!!

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