A Huge Delay in California Was Caused By a Crash of Two Semi Trucks

S. F. Mori

It was just inside the California border after Primm, Nevada

The Freeway was at a StandstillPhoto byAuthor

Travelers who were going from Utah or Las Vegas to California on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, encountered a massive traffic jam as they entered California just past Primm, Nevada.

There were signs before reaching Primm which said that there would be major delays along I-15 after reaching California due to a crash. No other details could be found for hours.

Some people stopped at Primm, thinking they might be able to avoid the delay if they spent a little time in Primm before traveling on to California. That stretch of freeway from Las Vegas into California is known to cause delays especially on Sundays when visitors to Las Vegas are returning to California. No one expected to see such delays on a Wednesday.

The freeway at Primm came to a standstill or was very slow. The twenty mile stretch of freeway ended up taking over four hours to get through during that massive delay.

It was later discovered that two semi trucks had apparently crashed some time after 7 AM that morning. People who left Primm in the daylight hours around 4 PM did not reach the crash site in California until it was dark. It was not possible to see much of the wreckage, but only one lane of traffic was being let through at the area where the crash had occurred that morning.

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KSNV – Las Vegas reported on the crash at the Nevada/California state line.
The crash was reported around 7:47 a.m. on the California side of the interstate, near Nipton Road about 10 miles south of Primm, according to California Highway Patrol records. One lane is open, but two lanes are closed for emergency work, Cal Trans reports. There's no estimated time for when those lanes will reopen. The result is a traffic backup on I-15 extending north past Primm.

Most travelers along that route had little choice but to stay in the massive traffic backup for hours. They saw the daylight hours disappear, and darkness came before they reached the crash site from Primm, Nevada. It was likely the worst traffic delay any of them had ever experienced.

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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