Even though much of the Memorial Day weekend was cold, foggy and rainy, Hill roads remained free of major traffic incidents. California Highway Patrol Cabazon Pass Station Public Information Officer Darren Meyer reported two incidents, neither near Idyllwild.
The first, a rollover, occurred at 8:06 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, on Highway 74 1.8 miles east of the intersection of Highway 371. Ricardo Barragan, 24, of Anza, ran off the road and his 1992 green Toyota Camry overturned. Barragan was not injured and no fault was cited in the CHP report.
The second occurred at 10:59 p.m. Sunday, May 24, also on Highway 74.
Andreas Sandoval, 24, of Hemet, was driving west 3.4 miles east of Bee Canyon when his 2005 Nissan 350Z ran off the road and crashed into the mountain. Sandoval was not injured, according to the report, and no fault was cited.
A third, not yet verified in a formal CHP report, occurred in Idyllwild on Highway 243 reportedly near the intersection with Saunders Meadow Road at around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 20. A semi-truck hay hauler struck an Edison power pole. Two power lines became entangled with the truck’s exhaust and had to be freed by Edison crews.