A truck owned by AMS Paving Inc. which was towing a trailer hauling a pavement grinder overturned on Highway 243 about 5 p.m. Friday, April 26. The truck, driven by Ismael Lopez, 53 of Bloomington was speeding as it headed southbound. The incident took place approximately one mile north of Mountain Center.
The overturned truck spewed gallons of fuel onto the road, while the driver suffered only minor injuries. While the posted speed limit on the right-hand curve was 20 mph, driver Lopez was traveling at 30 mph, according to the CHP.
Riverside County Hazmat was dispatched. A clean-up crew worked around the clock from Friday night to Saturday morning to clear and clean the road. CHP officers quickly cleared backed-up traffic utilizing alternating oneway traffic control.