The California Highway Patrol reported two crashes on Hill roads over the last week, one involving a school bus.
At 9:25 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, El Sayed Eldahawy, 49, of Lake Elsinore, was driving a red 2001 Ford F-150 truck eastbound on Highway 74, ½ mile west of Santa Rosa Truck Trail, when he ran off the road and collided with the hillside causing front-end damage to his vehicle.
Eldahawy was not injured in the crash. His vehicle was towed by Valley Towing in Hemet.
California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Darren Meyer advised Hill motorists that chain control is still in effect on mountain roads and that Highway 243 remains closed from Banning, and Highway 74 is closed from Hemet.
At 4:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, Robert Erdman, 65, of Idyllwild was driving a green 2017 Ford F-150 truck eastbound on Highway 74, 50 feet west of Keen Camp Road. At the same time, Evan Andrews, 30, of Hemet, was driving a 2017 school bus westbound when for unknown reasons, one of the vehicles crossed over the double-yellow line causing the two to sideswipe.
At least one minor passenger was in the school bus. The not yet completed report did not assign blame. Both vehicles were moderately damaged, according to the CHP report, but were able to drive away. No one was injured in the crash.