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Strong winds knock down big rig trucks on I-8 in east San Diego County

Posted at 7:11 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 10:11:06-05

DESCANSO, Calif. (KGTV) -- High winds in the Descanso area knocked over two big rig trucks early Thursday morning, prompting emergency crews to rescue people trapped inside.

At around 4 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers were called to eastbound Interstate 8 near Japatul Valley Road after reports a semitruck toppled over due to the strong winds swirling in the area.

Two people were removed from the truck and taken to the hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

Moments later and a few hundred feet away, crews rushed to another big rig that was knocked down by the winds.

Crews broke the truck’s windshield and extricated a man, woman and dog trapped inside the cab. It is unknown if the couple and dog were injured.

A High Wind Advisory was issued for I-8 from Lake Jennings to Forrester Road; high-profile vehicles are prohibited on that stretch of I-8.