A SigAlert has been lifted, and all lanes are open on the Ortega Highway this afternoon following a head-on crash that injured eight people.
One person had to be airlifted and seven more were hospitalized this afternoon in a the collision that has closed down Ortega Highway.
The SigAlert lasted a couple hours as crews worked to clean up the wreckage.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, but apparently two cars collided head-on near the candy store on the Riverside County end of the highway at 12:33 p.m. Several victims were trapped in the cars, and one person suffered critical injuries, four people suffered moderate injuries, and three more suffered minor injuries, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Roughly 20 firefighters were called on the scene to treat the victims.