A motorcycle crash shut down lanes on southbound Interstate 15 near Poway Rd. and caused traffic to be backed up for hours.
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The incident was first reported at 6:34 a.m. and initially blocked at least four lanes.
According to California Highway Patrol, a motorcyclist traveling on an express lane at 70 to 75 mph lost control and hit the center divider.
The rider, a 51-year-old man from San Diego, was ejected from his motorcycle, which slid across at least two lanes. Officials said a tire from his motorcycle and one of rider's boots were thrown off the freeway and into Mercy Road.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Emergency crews who arrived at the scene said the motorcyclist was alert, had abrasions on his left foot, but no other visible injuries. He was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital. The CHP classified his injuries as minor to moderate, but this could change after doctors make an evaluation.
According to the 10News Traffic Map, the crash shut down lanes between Camino Del Norte and Mercy Rd/Scripps Poway Pkwy. As of 7:49, the express lanes reopened and the crash was cleared as of 8 a.m. However, traffic was still heavy hours after the collision. 10News learned that several other crashes reported on the same highway made the backup worse.
One motorist told 10News it took approximately one hour to travel one mile on the freeway.