Bridge over 10 Fwy east of Coachella collapses into flood waters staff KABC logo
Monday, July 20, 2015
Firefighters pull a vehicle out of flood waters on the 10 Freeway at Desert Center on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
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DESERT CENTER, Calif. -- A 30-foot section of a bridge above the 10 Freeway in Desert Center east of Coachella collapsed Sunday, trapping a truck driver.

The 10 Freeway was shut down from Desert Center to the Arizona state line as a result of the bridge collapse and heavy flooding, authorities said.

Firefighters responded at about 4:40 p.m. to the eastbound 10 Freeway east of Eagle Mountain Road to rescue the driver, Riverside County fire officials said. The driver was freed after nearly two hours and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

A passenger made it out earlier in the day.

Caltrans officials said the underlying Tex Wash that runs under the freeway flooded about 40 feet of the roadway on the 10 Freeway. An eastbound section of the freeway had fallen in.

Those traveling from Arizona should take US-95 to Interstate 40.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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