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EL CAJON MAN DIES, PASSENGER INJURED IN ALPINE CRASH ON I-8

By Miriam Raftery

November 3, 2021 (Alpine) – A rollover crash in Alpine shortly at 12:03 a.m. killed the driver, a 32-year-old El Cajon man, and seriously injured his passenger, a 40-year-old woman from Escondido.


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I-8/CRESTWOOD ROAD RAMP SIX-WEEK CLOSURE NEAR GOLDEN ACORN CASINO BEGINS MONDAY

Source: Caltrans

September 17, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- Caltrans crews anticipate closures at Interstate 8 (I-8) and Crestwood Road for four to six weeks beginning Monday to replace guardrail systems. The work will require full closures of the westbound I-8/Crestwood Road on-ramp and the eastbound I-8/Crestwood Road off-ramp near the Golden Acorn Casino, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through early November. Advance notification signs have been placed to inform motorists about the closures. See map below for closure areas.


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I-8/CRESTWOOD ROAD RAMP CLOSURES NEAR GOLDEN ACORN CASINO BEGIN JULY 6 FOR FOUR WEEKS

Source: Caltrans

June 23, 2021 (Campo) -- Caltrans crews anticipate closures at Interstate 8 (I-8) and Crestwood Road in Campo for four weeks beginning Tuesday, July 6 to replace guardrail systems. The work will require full closures of the westbound I-8/Crestwood Road on-ramp and the eastbound I-8/Crestwood Road off-ramp near the Golden Acorn Casino, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through early August. Please see the map below showing the closure locations.  


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I-8/SR-67 FULL WEEKEND CLOSURES PLANNED FOR JUNE 11 AND JUNE 18

Weekend detours may cause traffic delays for El Cajon drivers

Source: Caltrans

June 1, 2021 (El Cajon) --  Crews have started bridge repairs at Interstate 8 and State Route 67, requiring two full weekend closures from Friday at 9 p.m. through Monday at 5 a.m., on June 11 and June 18, according to Caltrans.  Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and to prepare for delays by allowing additional travel time to reach their destinations.


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BIG RIG IN FLAMES DAMAGES BRIDGE, SHUTS DOWN I-8 NEAR PINE VALLEY CHECKPOINT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via The Mountain Community on Facebook, posted by Laura Palmer Vikara

Update May 13, 2021 -- The California Highway Patrol reports that the  driver was trapped in the vehicle and died. The body of a second male victim as found later in the afternoon. Both of their identities are unknown. Around 7:48 p.m. the driver hauling a semi-trailer (big rig) lost control and struck the center divider, hit a bridge rail and rolled down an embankment off I-8 east of Sunrise Highway, where the truck became engulfed in flames. CHP, Border Patrol and Cal Fire arrived shortly after the crash. It is unknown what caused the accident and whether the victims wore seatbelts. CHP asks anyone who witnessed this crash to call the CHP in El Cajon at (619)401-2000.

 

May 12, 2021 (Pine Valley) – Westbound Interstate 8 is shutdown from Buckman Springs Road to Sunrise Highway due to a big rig truck that caught fire, crashed and damaged a bridge. Traffic is being diverted onto Old Highway 80.

According to the CHP Incidents page, the accident occurred near the Border Patrol Checkpoint, which is three miles east of Pine Valley.  Damage to 30 feet of metal and concrete on the bridge is reported.


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FIRE ON I-8 NEAR LAKESIDE

UPDATE 5:39 P.M.:  The Evacuation Warning for the Coches Fire has beeen lifted. The Temporary Evacuation Point at W.D. Hall Elementary School is being closed.

UPDATE 4:59 P.M.:  Fire remains at 30 acres, 5% contained.  No structures damaged or destroyed.

4:35 P.M.:  Fire is 30 acres spreading east along I-8 towards Los Coches Road.  Evacuation warnings:  anyone wishing to evacuate can go to WD Hall Elementary.  No evacuation orders at this time.

4:32 P.M.:  Fire is 25 acres spreading east along I-8 towards Los Coches Road.  Evacuation warning for WD Hall Elementary.  No evacuation orders at this time.

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

May 12, 2021 (Lakeside) -- Cal Fire is at the scene with cooperators of a vegetation fire along I-8, west of Los Coches Road in the Lakeside area. Four acres, moderate rate of spread. The right lane is closed on eastbound I-8 east of Greenfield.

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TWO DEAD IN FIERY ROLLOVER ON I-8

By Miriam Raftery
 
July 10, 2020 (Jacumba)  -- A fiery vehicle rollover near the In-Ko-Pah brake check in Jacumba Hot Springs on Interstate 8 yesterday afternoon claimed the life of two patients and injured a third.
 
Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol responded to the accidents.  First responders rescued two patients from the wreckage, both with major injuries. One was transported via air ambulance to a hospital Cal fire reports, but the other died at the scene, according to Cal Fire. A third victim was found dead in the vehicle.

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SIGHT OF NAZI SWASTIKA FLAG STUNS EAST COUNTY MOTORISTS ON I-8

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego News Association

Photo:  Smartphone images of SUV with Nazi flag parked near Alpine Albertsons. Photos by Albert Aguilar

July 4, 2020 (Alpine) - Who’s driving around East County with a Nazi flag on their rear window? And why?

Interstate 8 motorists and an Alpine resident have posted pictures and video of a red-and-black SUV with the black swastika since Monday.


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USBP AGENTS SEIZE OVER 100 LBS. OF METH, ARREST WOMAN

Source:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection

May 13, 2020 (Pine Valley) -  Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint arrested a woman Saturday morning with more than 103 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the bed of her truck.


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CHP SEEKS WITNESSES TO SHOOTING ON I-8 IN LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 27, 2019 (La Mesa) – California Highway Patrol is seeking the identity of a shooter who opened fire from a white or silver SUV on eastbound Interstate 8 near State Route 125 at 9:30 last night.  The gunshots  injured a man and woman in a Nissan Sentra car.

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CHP OFFICER STRUCK BY DUI DRIVER ON I-8 SUSTAINS MAJOR INJURY

East County News Service 

June 28, 2019 (El Cajon) – A CHP officer who had stopped to aid a disabled motorist in the center divide of Interstate 8 last night at 9:24 p.m. in El Cajon was struck by a Chevrolet Camero driven at a high rate of speed by Richard Chambers, 25.  The accident occurred on I-8 west, just east of West Main Street.


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CHP ASKS PUBLIC FOR HELP TO IDENTIFY MAN KILLED IN FIERY TOYOTA TUNDRA CRASH ON I-8 AT CRESTWOOD

By Miriam Raftery
 
Update: The victim has been identified as Monterro Friend, 34, of San Diego.
 
June 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Highway Patrol seeks public help to identity the driver of a blue Toyota Tundra killed shortly before 4 a.m. after his vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck a guardrail and went airborne over the side at Crestwood Road in rural East County.  The vehicle vaulted over traffic on Crestwood and hit the I-8 westbound bridge.  

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ALL LANES OF WESTBOUND I-8 THROUGH MISSION VALLEY CLOSED TONIGHT

 

 

Source:  Caltrans

February 20, 2019 (San Diego) - All westbound lanes of Interstate 8 (I-8) from State Route 163 (SR-163) will close tonight from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the I-8/Interstate 5 (I-5) Interchange Improvement Project, weather permitting.


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MORE CRASHES TIED TO CONCRETE BLOCKS CHP SAYS WERE LEFT INTENTIONALLY ON I-8 NEAR ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 10, 2018 (Alpine) – California Highway Patrol seeks public help to find a person or persons who have been leaving 60-pound concrete parking blocks as well as cinder blocks on Interstate 8 near Alpine. Numerous vehicles have been damaged this year, starting in January. The most recent incidents occurred Saturday shortly after midnight, when eight to ten vehicles were damaged or disabled.


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WESTBOUND I-8 CONNECTOR RAMPS TO NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND SR-125 CLOSED SATURDAY NIGHT

 

East County News Service

August 4, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Caltrans maintenance crews will close the connector ramps from westbound Interstate 8 (I-8) to northbound and southbound State Route 125 (SR-125) Saturday at 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday for bridge joint repair work. 


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FIRE I-8 SOUTH OF LOS COCHES

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

June 9, 2017 (El Cajon) - Cal Fire crews are at the scene of a 10-acre brush fire south of I-8 at Los Coches.  Lanes are re-opened and the forward spread has been stopped, but be advised.

No structures are threatened or injuries to residents are reported, according to Cal Fire.

The fire is 10% contained.


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NORTHBOUND SR-15 CONNECTOR RAMP TO I-8 CLOSED SUNDAY NIGHT

 

Source: Caltrans

May 22, 2017 (San Diego) - Construction crews will close the northbound State Route 15 (SR-15) connector ramp to eastbound and westbound Interstate 8 (I-8) on Sunday from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, according to Caltrans. The closure is needed for construction on the SR-15 Commuter Bikeway Project.


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ALL LANES OF WESTBOUND I-8 TO CLOSE AT I-5 INTERCHANGE THIS SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT

 

Source: Caltrans

May 22, 2017 (San Diego) - All lanes of westbound Interstate 8 (I-8) at the Interstate 5 (I-5)/Rosecrans Street interchange will close Sunday and Monday night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for pavement work, according to Caltrans. All of the connector ramps to northbound and southbound I-5, as well as access to Rosecrans Street, will remain open.  


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SHOOTING ON I-8 IN LA MESA INJURES MAN

 

East County News Service

March 12, 2017 (La Mesa) – A passenger in the backseat of a 2005 Infiniti Q45 traveling east on I-8 near Fletcher Parkway was injured by a bullet fired from a passing vehicle at 4 a.m. At least five rounds were fired, said California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein.


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WESTBOUND I-8/SR-125 TO BE CLOSED OVERNIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2016 (San Diego) - The connector ramps from westbound I-8 to north and southbound 125 will be closed starting Saturday night at 10:00 p.m., per Caltrans.  They will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.


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MURDER: MAN FOUND DEAD ON I-8 WAS STRANGLED

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2016 (San Diego) — The Medical Examiner has concluded that a man found dead on Interstate 8 near the I-15 interchange on the morning of August 19th was strangled.  The victim, a 30 to 40-year old man, has not yet been identified.


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SPEEDING MOTORIST KILLED AFTER ROLLING DOWN EMBANKMENT OFF I-8

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2016 (Boulevard) – A 24-year-old man died Saturday night, May 20th after he lost control of his vehicle on I-8 West near McCain Valley Road in Boulevard. The Infinity G35 veered off the highway and rolled down a steep embankment.


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CHP SEEKS HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO KILLED MAN ON I-8 NEAR CAMPO

 

East County News Service

April 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Highway Patrol seeks public help to find a driver who struck a man walking in dense fog last night along the shoulder of I-8 near Crestwood Road.  The vehicle likely has damage to the right front.


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FREEWAY CAR SHOOTINGS REMAIN UNSOLVED

By Mike Allen

January 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The latest car-to-car shooting incident earlier this month on Interstate 8 brings the total to three in the last year, and four in the last three years, prompting the question whether this stretch of freeway from 70th Street east to Los Coches Road is particularly dangerous.


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SINKHOLE CLOSES LANES ON I-8

 

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --A large sinkhole has opened on I-8 at Waring Road in the College area, forcing closure of the two right lanes through tomorrow morning.  A SIG ALERT has been issued and motorists are advised to use other routes if possible to avoid traffic delays.

10 News estimates the sink hole is 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep, caused by water that undermined the freeway.  For additional coverage visit www.10News.com.


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I-8 EAST CLOSED FOR 2-HOURS FOLLOWING ACCIDENT AT JAPATUL

October 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Eastbound I-8 will be closed for an investigation until approximately 11:30 a.m., according to the CHP website.

A multi-vehicle accident has occurred involved a semi-truck and an over-turned vehicle in the center lane on I-8 near Japatul/Highway 79.  Fire and medical personnel have been dispatched along with an ASTREA heliciopter; a suspect who fled the scene has been taken into custody by an Immigration and Customs officer.


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I-8 SHUT DOWN IN ALPINE TONIGHT

October 8, 2012 (Alpine) – A three-mile stretch of Interstate 8 will be closed tonight for a continuing investigation into a fatal crash on June 11 that killed two people.  All eastbound lanes will be closed between Dunbar Lane/Harbison Canyon Road and Tavern Road from 11 p.m. tonight until 4 a.m. tomorrow, according to the California Highway Patrol.


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VICTIMS IN FATAL ALPINE CRASH IDENTIFIED

August 21, 2012 (Alpine) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has released the names of two men who died of injuries sustained in an accident on I-8 in Alpine on August 16.


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I-8 CLOSED DUE TO SNOW; FROST WARNING ISSUED FOR TONIGHT

Update 10:45 a.m.  I-8 is now reopened in both directions.

Update: At 9:09 a.m. CHP's wesite reports they are escorting traffic through and expect to reopen I-8 soon following snow-ploughing.  


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HOME INVASION SUSPECT ELUDES POLICE, SNARLS TRAFFIC ON I-8

February 14, 2012 (El Cajon)—A suspect wanted in a January home invasion robbery remains on the loose tonight. Late this afternoon, police with guns drawn surrounded a black sedan with tinted windows matching the suspect’s vehicle description on I-8 in La Mesa.


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