Murrieta – The Murrieta Fire Department remains on scene of a traffic collision this afternoon involving a single vehicle over the side which occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. today. The vehicle, an approximately 38′ Class A motor home, was traveling northbound on Washington Avenue, just south of Brown Avenue, when it left the roadway and crashed off the bridge into Murrieta Creek. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and suffered moderate injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment by American Medical Response personnel.
During the accident the motor home clipped a 3 inch steel natural gas line running under the bridge and the vehicle remains suspended from the bridge while representatives from Southern California Gas Company work to shut off the gas. There was no rupture to the gas line and there is no natural gas leak at this time, however the gas must be rerouted before the motor home can be moved to prevent accidental ignition.
Gas Company personnel anticipate the work being completed within 4-5 hours. Washington Avenue remains closed between Douglas Avenue and Hawthorn Street. Fire Department and Police Department personnel will remain on scene until the gas line has been repaired and the motor home removed.
Photo courtesy of Division Chief Gary Whisenand, Murrietta FD