High-Profile Vehicles Stopped EB I-8 in East County

The truck overturned, blocking all lanes along westbound I-8 at Crestwood

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    NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from Boulevard where vehicles were diverted off the highway in high winds and dangerous conditions. (Published Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014)

    High-profile vehicles traveling east along Interstate 8 are being told to turn around due to high winds and dangerous driving conditions.

    Dozens of cars were forced off the highway. Some were told they were too top-heavy to continue.

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    Mimi Selly said she had already driven 60 miles on a trip to the McCain Valley.

    “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I guess I’m going to have to turn around and waste a trip,” she said.

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    James Reed was driving to Jacumba for a job and understood the need to prevent collisions but thought the closure was inconvenient for cars and other low vehicles.

    “I know I could’ve made it out there if I would’ve gone slow, kept the flashers on,” he said.

    At 8:15 a.m., a big rig overturned along westbound Interstate 8, blocking all lanes of traffic in Boulevard.

    The crash was reported at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday just west of Crestwood Road.

    The California Highway Patrol said the crash just west of Crestwood Road was wind related.

    Eastbound I-8 traffic was not affected however, CHP officers diverted vehicles off the highway and would not allow high-profile vehicles to continue east.

    San Diego County was under a high wind warning through Thursday, 5 p.m.

    At the time of the incident, Boulevard was recording sustained winds at 30mph with gusts up to 49 mph, NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh reports.