CHP INVESTIGATORS SAY DEPUTY AT FAULT IN ROLLOVER CRASH

The California Highway Patrol has released additional information concerning an officer-involved crash on the Morongo Grade Monday. CHP Officer Mike Radford said that Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Crowl was driving a marked, 2011 Ford Crown Victoria westbound on Highway 62, west of Hess Boulevard about 7:12 p.m. Due to his unsafe

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TWO PEOPLE—INCLUDING DEPUTY—INJURED IN SEPARATE ROLLOVER CRASHES ON MORONGO GRADE

Two people—including a Sheriff’s deputy–were injured in separate rollover crashes on the Morongo Grade. According to Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Ryan Murphy, a Sheriff’s deputy rolled his patrol car on the westbound side of the highway on the grade about 7:20 p.m. Monday night. Murphy said the patrol car rolled

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WINDS HELP FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING BRUSH FIRE ON THE MORONGO GRADE

Morongo Valley firefighters were helped by favorable winds in fighting a brush fire on the Morongo Grade Tuesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Firefighter Jones said about 3:30 p.m., three passers-by traveling up the grade stopped at the Morongo Valley Fire Station to let them know about a fire in the middle

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ROAD WORK ON THE MORONGO GRADE AND STATE ROUTE  247 THIS WEEK

The California Department of Transportation will be performing road work on the Morongo Grade, and on State Route 247 all this week. Caltrans will be repairing guardrails on the Morongo Grade from the county line to Indian Canyon Avenue today through this Thursday, June 15, from 9 until 3. In

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BIG RIG CRASH SNARLS THE MORONGO GRADE

Traffic was snarled on the Morongo Grade for most of Monday due to a big rig that crashed through the guardrail. The truck was hauling two tanks with about 40,000 pounds of soda ash used to make glass when a front tire blew out about noon yesterday. The blow out

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VEGETATION FIRE AT BOTTOM OF MORONGO GRADE THURSDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to assist Desert Hot Springs firefighters with a 2-acre vegetation fire at the bottom of the Morongo Grade about 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Firefighters battled the flames for about one and a half hours on the corner of Highway 62 and Indian Canyon. The cause

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO SMALL FIRES MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause

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BLUE CUT FIRE UPDATE: 4 PERCENT CONTAINED, NORTHBOUND 15 RE-OPENED

Firefighters are making slow progress against the Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass area. Wednesday morning, the wildfire was estimated at 30,000 acres. By Thursday morning, the fire growth had slowed; fire officials estimated it at 31,689 acres and 4 percent contained. Nearly 1,600 firefighters are on scene fighting

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE

A motorcycle rider escaped serious injury Wednesday evening following a crash near the Desert Hot Springs fire in the Morongo Grade. According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Julian Wilson was riding his motorcycle eastbound, just west of the county line in the Morongo Pass, when he says he was

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ANOTHER MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON THE MORONGO GRADE

Morongo Valley firefighters responded to their third motorcycle crash yesterday on the Morongo Grade in about two and a half weeks. About 9:43 a.m. Monday, a man in his 20s was riding a Kawasaki Ninja west on Highway 62 when he lost control near the bottom of the grade and

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VICTIMS, CIRCUMSTANCES, OF THURSDAY FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASHES RELEASED

The Riverside County Coroner and CHP investigators have released the victims’ names and the circumstances of two motorcycle crashes on the Morongo Grade Thursday night. Blake Creel, from Tallahassee, Florida, a 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in Twentynine Palms, was pronounced deceased at Desert Regional Medical

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TWO MOTORCYCLISTS INJURED IN CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE

One motorcyclist died, and another was injured, in a crash on the Morongo Grade Thursday night. At about 6:39 p.m., Blake Creel, 20, of Twentynine Palms was riding a 2004 Yamaha R6 westbound on State Route 62 in the right lane, east of North Indian Canyon. Jared Patrick, 20, also

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SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLL-OVER CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Morongo Grade was closed and traffic was backed up for miles Thursday afternoon due to a single vehicle crash in Morongo Valley. About 12:20 p.m., the driver of an older model soft-top convertible lost control and rolled over once, landing on its wheels near the bottom of the Morongo

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SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH BACKS UP TRAFFIC ON MORONGO GRADE

A single vehicle traffic crash on the Morongo Grade backed up traffic for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson said about 4:20 p.m., a vehicle going up the grade crashed into the concrete center divider at the county line, and then careened into the metal

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TWO INJURIES IN TWO SEPARATE CRASHES ON MORONGO GRADE SATURDAY

At least two people were injured in three separate crashes in 1 ½ hours on the Morongo Grade Saturday morning. The first crash happened at 9:28 a.m. Witnesses reported a dark gray Honda was weaving and passing vehicles in an unsafe manner as it was driving westbound down the grade.

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DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 62, EAST OF I-10

Three serious crashes in the Morongo Basin this weekend, including at least one fatality on deadly Highway 62. The confirmed fatality was a single vehicle rollover on Highway 62 in the Morongo Grade at 3:04 Sunday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Behrens said that the westbound Toyota Tacoma rolled over

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CRASH BRIEFLY CLOSES MORONGO GRADE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

A woman escaped serious injury when her Toyota crashed on the Morongo Grade Tuesday afternoon. About 3:45 p.m., the woman was driving down the grade when for unknown reasons, she lost control and her car rolled over, landing on its roof. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Andy Behrens said she was

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VEHICLE FIRE BLOCKS THE EASTBOUND MORONGO GRADE YESTERDAY

A vehicle fire on the Morongo Grade Monday evening closed the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said a pick-up truck pulling a fifth wheel motor home going up the grade caught fire about 5:00 p.m. The truck was fully involved in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Fire and emergency vehicles blocked

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RAIN, FOG, RESPONSIBLE FOR MULTIPLE CRASHES IN MORONGO BASIN

Rain, low clouds, and fog are responsible for multiple crashes throughout the Morongo Basin yesterday and today. About 9 a.m., a Ford pick-up truck lost control and crashed on the Morongo Grade going eastbound, and ended up in the wash alongside the highway. The driver was taken to Desert Hospital

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ROLLOVER ON THE MORONGO GRADE INJURES UNSECURED 3-YEAR-OLD

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized with major injuries following a roll-over crash on the Morongo Grade Tuesday morning. According to a CHP press release, William Linares, 21, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Highway 62 on the Morongo Grade, east of Indian Canyon Drive at

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