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Big rigs topple in Southern California freeways amid Santa Ana winds

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 16:36:20-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Strong Santa Ana winds moved through San Diego County Tuesday, toppling a big rig as it traveled on Interstate 8 near Alpine.

The crash happened at 8:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes at Willows Road, blocking the left lane for about an hour and a half, CHP officer Jim Bettencourt reported.

Another semi overturned on Interstate 15 in Fontana. San Diegan Bashar Shebo was driving through the area on his way to Las Vegas.

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“So crazy man, the car was going left and right, left and right like this, barely could control it,” said Bashar Shebo. “We just saw a trailer was flipped over on the side.”

The High Wind Warning was in effect through 10 p.m. for the mountain areas, with a Wind Advisory for the inland communities.

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“The coast will see easterly gusts up to 35 miles per hour while the deserts will have southeasterly winds up to 25 miles per hour,” said 10News Meteorologist Megan Parry.

San Diego County’s mountain towns saw the strongest gusts of 91 miles per hour in Hellhole Canyon, 88 miles per hour in Fremont Canyon, and 77 miles per hour in Sill Hill.

The Santa Ana conditions could end by next Monday with a chance of showers in the forecast, Parry said.