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Heavy rain wreaks havoc on San Diego roads

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Posted at 5:43 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 20:31:57-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The heavy rain is causing problems on San Diego County freeways and highways during the Thursday morning commute.

Some of the rain-related issues on local roads (updates through the morning drive):

SR-78 update
-- (5:30 p.m.) Westbound SR-78 open between Brandy Canyon and Cloverdale. Both lanes of SR-78 remain closed between Brandy Canyon and Haverford Rd.

All lanes open on eastbound SR-78 at El Camino Real.

Reopened roads
-- (5:25 p.m.) All lanes open on SR-76 at Sengme Oaks (Pauma Valley), all lanes on SB I-15 at Citracado, including the Express Lanes, and all EB and WB lanes of SR-76 at Rice Canyon Rd. have reopened.

Overturned vehicle in Escondido
-- (3:30 p.m.) All lanes of southbound I-15 Express Lanes, as well as left two main lanes closed at Citracado Parkway due to overturned vehicle.

SDFD traffic reminder
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department tweeted this reminder to local drivers who are hitting the road amid the stormy conditions:

Cal Fire engine rolls over in Bonsall area
-- (7:15 a.m.) Cal Fire officials said a fire engine rolled over and crashed into a ditch off Old Highway 395 in the Bonsall area. The incident, which happened at 6:13 a.m., led to the closure of Old Highway 395 between Circle R Drive and Camino Del Rey in both directions. Cal Fire officials confirmed at least three fire personnel were transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Downed power lines block North County road
-- (11:20 a.m.) Power lines fell on State Route 67 at Mt. Woodson Road, slowing westbound traffic west of Ramona.

Car overturns in Mission Valley crash
-- (6:27 a.m.) A collision involving two vehicles led to one of them overturning and blocking a lane on westbound I-8 near Taylor Street.

Vehicle hit by another after losing control on SR-78
-- (6:17 a.m.) A vehicle lost control on eastbound SR-78 just west of Melrose Drive and was struck by another car, but no injuries were immediately reported.

Truck spins out on I-15
-- (6:03 a.m.) A pickup truck spun out on southbound I-15 near Scripps Poway Parkway, blocking the HOV lanes and backing up traffic.

Section of SR-76 south of Rainbow closed due to flooding
-- (6 a.m.) The CHP said SR-67 just east of Rice Canyon was shut down due to flooding and a boulder in the road.

Collision backs up South Bay traffic
-- (5:49 a.m.) A collision involving two vehicles on westbound SR-54 at I-805 is stalling traffic in the area.

Car spins out on SR-78 in Oceanside
-- (5:49 a.m.) A car spun out on westbound SR-78 and hit the center divider, the CHP said, leading to one lane being blocked.

Spinout leads to multi-vehicle crash on I-805
-- (5:45 a.m.) A car spun out on northbound I-805 near Nobel Drive in University City, hitting at least one other vehicle to start a chain-reaction crash that blocked two lanes. At least three vehicles were involved in the wreck, the CHP said.

Car rolls over on SR-67 in Santee area
-- (4:45 a.m.) A driver lost control on northbound SR-67 near Riverford Road and rolled over, but no injuries were reported. Several drivers that stopped to help were amazed that the woman inside the car survived. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Flooding blocking SR-78 ramp in Oceanside
-- (3:50 a.m.) The eastbound SR-78 onramp from El Camino Real was closed due to flooding, according to the California Highway Patrol. As of 5:30 a.m., there is no word on when the ramp will reopen.

Semi-truck crashes on I-8 in La Mesa
-- (1:15 a.m.) A semi-truck jackknifed on the ramp from westbound I-8 to southbound SR-125, likely due to the roadway being wet from overnight rain. The driver was not injured, but the truck caused some damage to a rail on the ramp.