Interstate 10 lanes are expected to be closed for at least another two hours, after an early morning officer-involved shooting in Indio.
Indio police were called to assist with a traffic collision at 5 a.m. near the Jefferson Boulevard offramp, Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said.
A pickup crashed into the center divider guard rail, but the vehicle was abandoned when police arrived. Officers found a man thought to be the driver standing on the other side of the freeway near the westbound lanes.
During a confrontation with the man under a bridge, police opened fire. Authorities did not say what prompted the shooting.
The westbound traffic backup was three miles long around 8 a.m. with the potential to gorw past five miles, Cal trans said.
The closure will remain for an unknown length of time at Jefferson Street, where traffic was being diverted off the freeway and then back on, CHP said on its website. The closure was first reported at 6:26 a.m.
Cal Trans’ Twitter account encouraged drivers to use I-40 as an alternative route.
Some eastbound lanes remain closed, but traffic was reported to be flowing smoothly.