Southbound 215 reopens in Perris after 11-vehicle crash

PERRIS, Calif. (KABC) -- All southbound lanes of the 215 Freeway at 4th Street in Perris reopened after a fiery 11-vehicle crash, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Six people were transported to Riverside County Medical Center, the CHP said. At least three people suffered minor injuries. No serious injuries were reported.

A cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Sofia Copado was on the freeway when the accident happened.

"We started seeing smoke, everybody slowed down to a dead stop, and we saw smoke coming up. We started seeing flames and people were getting out of their cars," Copado told Eyewitness News in a phone interview.

Traffic was diverted off at Redlands Boulevard. After about three hours, all lanes were reopened by 8 p.m.

The CHP first reported the closure affected Riverside. Information from fire officials clarified the location as Perris.

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