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All lanes of SB I-15 now open, following a series of crashes

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A motorist veered off Interstate 15 and struck a guardrail Wednesday, triggering crashes that brought the morning commute to a standstill in the City Heights area, authorities said.

There were three minor injury crashes involving a total of seven vehicles on southbound I-15 north of state Route 94 around 5:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Art Athans.

The series began when a motorist veered onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and struck a metal guardrail and a large sign board, Athans said in a statement.

The vehicle then came to rest in traffic lanes and was broadsided by another vehicle in a second crash, he said, adding that the third crash occurred as five other motorists were caught up in the wreckage from the first two crashes.

Paramedics were at the scene but did not immediately transport anyone to a hospital, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said. Athans described injuries from the crash as minor.

As traffic backed up to the Interstate 805 split, the CHP diverted traffic onto El Cajon Boulevard. The freeway was reopened at 6:35 a.m., Athans said.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A crash involving about a half-dozen vehicles snarled traffic on Interstate 15 in the City Heights area during Wednesday morning's commute, authorities said.

The crash on southbound I-15 near the westbound state Route 94 connector ramp occurred just before 5:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Paramedics were at the scene but did not immediately transport anyone to a hospital, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said.

By 6 a.m., the CHP had closed all lanes of southbound I-15 at the Interstate 805 split, as traffic backed up due to the crash. The CHP reported it was diverting traffic onto El Cajon Boulevard.

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