Jackknifed semi closes I-15

SAN DIEGO - A jackknifed semi-truck brought southbound Interstate 15 to a standstill in the Rancho Penasquitos area Monday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page, the crash was reported at 5:08 a.m. north of State Route 56, near Carmel Mountain Road.

San Diego Fire-Rescue officials at the scene said the Nabisco truck overturned and went up an embankment, landing on its side. Three cars behind the truck were damaged in a chain reaction crash.

The truck driver, along with an elderly female driver were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries, CHP said.

A hazmat crew was also called to the scene due to fuel that was leaking from the truck.

Two lanes of the five-lane highway had reopened by 6:30 a.m. Morning commuters were advised to avoid the area.

Alcohol and speed were not believed to be factors in the crash, CHP said. No charges were expected to be filed.

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