I-215 reopens quickly after big rig hits bridge

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PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — Interstate 215 is open again well ahead of schedule after a big rig smashed into a bridge construction project in Riverside County.

Transportation officials had said after the Tuesday morning crash in Perris that parts of the freeway would be shut down for at least 24 hours, and Wednesday morning’s commute promised to be a mess. But all lanes were open again less than 11 hours later.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terry Kasinga says the repairs went quickly because construction contractors were already on the scene.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the truck was hauling a mobile home when the vehicle struck scaffolding.

About half the Perris Boulevard Bridge’s support beams were knocked over in the accident.

The bridge is 50 years old and is being rebuilt to accommodate a wider freeway.

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