Stolen Truck Wrecked, Highway Shut Down 7 Hours

Temecula, California

Authorities are releasing more information about a Saturday evening accident that shut down a stretch of northbound Interstate 15 in Temecula, California, for nearly 7 hours.

According to The Patch, at approximately 6:00 p.m., two suspects stole a 2007 Freightliner from a weigh station in Rainbow.

The suspect began heading north on Interstate 15.

As Hartline merged into traffic, he collided with a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, driven by 22-year-old Kyle Schlosser.  Schlosser sustained moderate injuries and his passenger, 19-year-old Sarah Small sustained serious injuries.

That collision set off a chain reaction of subsequent crashes.

Schlosser’s truck then crashed into a 2006 Toyota 4Runner driven by 56-year-old Anne Lennala and a 2006 Mercedes driven by 39-year-old Timothy Varga.  Lennala sustained moderate injuries and Varga sustained minor injuries.

The truck then continued on its collision course.  The Freightliner continued driving and crashed into a 2009 Ford Taurus driven by 42-year-old Kristine Thrower and a 2000 Honda Accord driven by 49-year-old Dio Nomany.

Thrower and her passenger sustained moderate injuries and Nomany sustained minor injuries.

The Freightliner then turned on its side.  According to The Patch, a suspect ran from the crashed rig and got into a white van and fled the scene.  Authorities have not offered a suspect description.

19-year-old Jerimiah Hartline, a suspect involved with stealing the truck, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital and was later turned over to authorities.

The crash shutdown the highway for 7 hours.

Follow this link to pictures of the accident.

Sources: Temecula Patch 

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