(Hesperia) – Your drive on Bear Valley Road this weekend may take quite a bit of time if you travel through the intersection of Bear Valley Road at Ridgecrest, just past the bridge over the railroad tracks and in front of the cement plant. The signal was heavily damaged Friday in a wreck with a big rig. So for the weekend, and possibly into next week the intersection is on a flashing red signal for all directions of traffic.
The wreck happened around 6:00 am Friday when, according to Sgt. Ken Lutz with the Hesperia Police Department, 2 big rigs collided. One of the trucks was pulling a set of trailers, and the empty second trailer flipped on its side, became entangled in one of the signal light poles, and removing it completely as it was dragged down the street.
The city was able to come out and isolate the damaged wires and put 3 of the 4 directions onto a flashing red. “Because of the damaged signal pole the city is attempting to find a temporary pole, but because it will be temporary the entire intersection will be on a flashing red or a manual stop sign for at least the weekend into sometime next week,” said Lutz.
Also because of the violent way that the pole was knocked over in the wreck, the wires for all 4 signals were pulled out, so all of that wiring may need to be repaired, Lutz said. The repair will be done by the city of Victorville as they maintain all of the signals for the joint cities on Bear Valley.
No injuries were reported in the early morning wreck and the trucks have been removed from the area.
“Just a reminder that anytime a signal is inoperable or is flashing red it automatically becomes a 4-way stop,” Lutz said. “We want to encourage the public to LIKE Hesperia Police on Facebook. We also have a Twitter page. And if you follow us on either one of those, like in this case, within a few minutes we sent out a link advising everybody of the traffic congestion.”