UPDATE: Motorcyclist hits debris on I-5 then center divider

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A motorcyclist suffered an injury to his leg Friday morning after hitting debris on Interstate 5 and then crashing into the center divider as he made his way through the grapevine.

The solo vehicle traffic collision happened shortly after 8:35 a.m. Friday in the northbound lanes of I-5, just south of Vista Del Lago.

“This call came in as a solo motorcycle down,” a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal Friday.

“He had an injury to his leg,” the spokesman said about the motorcyclist.

According to reports from motorists to the California Highway Patrol the motorcyclist hit debris before hitting the center divider.

Other reports suggested the rider suffered a broken leg.

Paramedics were dispatched at 8:43 a.m., and arrived at the scene 10 minutes later, the Fire Department spokesman said.

Friday’s crash marks the second time in less than two months that a solo vehicle traffic collision caused by debris on the roadway has resulted in injury.

On Aug. 10, Julie Rene Trotochau, 59 or Desert Hot Springs, was driving in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in her Dodge Ram truck when the motorists in front of her suddenly swerved to avoid something in the road, according to the woman’s relatives and CHP.

Trotochau’s passenger tire hit what was believed to have been a tire tread reported earlier that morning by the CHP.

Her truck left the roadway, went over the side and down an embankment.  Emergency response crews were immediately dispatched.

CHP officers shut down the northbound lanes of I-5, just north of Templin Highway, to allow a rescue helicopter to land and take the injured woman to the hospital.

Injuries suffered in the crash left Trotochau in a coma for at least two weeks.

The CHP advises motorists to see expand their field of view when driving.

“Never drive faster than your headlights can shine,” CHP Officer Eric Preissman told The Signal Friday.

“As a CHP officers we are trained to observe a high visual horizon,” he said. “But, a lot of people look right off of the nose of their hood.

“By the time something is in your field of view, you’re right on top of it,” Preissman said.

“You should drive so that you have enough time to react to anything that appears in your headlights,” he said.

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