Washed-out I-10 bridge in California reopens

Posted at 7:00 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 22:00:03-04

An Interstate 10 bridge that collapsed during a flash flood in the Southern California desert has reopened ahead of schedule.

The California Department of Transportation says cars began rolling over the eastbound bridge at Tex Wash on Thursday afternoon.

Water from an intense thunderstorm in July eroded supports for the two eastbound lanes, buckling them onto the desert floor. One person was seriously injured.

With the westbound span also damaged, the interstate linking Los Angeles and Phoenix was closed for nearly a week.

Between then and now, traffic squeezed through on the westbound span with one lane in each direction.

The target date for the full reopening was Sept. 30.