LOS ANGELES (AP) — An elevated section of Interstate 10 has collapsed amid heavy rains in a remote desert area of California, cutting off traffic between California and Arizona and leaving a driver injured.
The California Highway Patrol says a bridge that carries eastbound I-10 across a wash about 50 miles west of the Arizona state line washed away early Sunday evening, forcing them to turn around traffic headed toward Arizona.
The westbound side of the freeway remained intact, but traffic was being stopped while it was checked.
The Riverside County Fire Department said it had to extract a driver who crashed in the collapse. The person was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.
Showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California set rainfall records in what is usually a dry month. Flash flood warnings remained in place Monday as the remnants of a tropical storm off Baja California continued to push north.
Rain fell Sunday afternoon in parts of Los Angeles County’s mountains, the valley north and inland urban areas to the east as remnants of tropical storm Dolores brought warm, muggy conditions northward.
The showers forced the Los Angeles Angels’ first rainout in 20 years and the San Diego Padres’ first rainout since 2006.
The storm brought weekend flash floods and power outages and turned Los Angeles County’s typically packed coast into empty stretches of sand. The threat of lightning forced authorities to close 70 miles of beaches.