UPDATED: One Dead in Brookside Avenue Crash
Beaumont police say that one person died, and a child was hospitalized, in the Beaumont crash.
More than two hours after a vehicle slammed into a cement pole killing the driver on site, emergency crews were working in the pouring rain to clear the area.
Beaumont Police Commander Sean Thuilliez tells Banning Beaumont Patch that a man died at the scene of the crash, which investigators believe is related to the recent downpours.
"There was a vehicle traveling eastbound on Brookside Avenue, approaching Nancy, that lost control and crashed into a street light," he said.
An unidentified man and a minor were inside the vehicle at the time, according to Thuilliez. Previous reports had indicated only one person was inside.
"The minor was not injured but was transported [to the hospital] as a precaution," he said.
Thuilliez said he did not know if the two were traveling to the nearby Brookside Elementary School, which is located just a block away.
As for the road closure in the area, the commander said that cleanup "will take several more hours." The coroner had yet to arrive on scene as of 4 p.m.
Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid Brookside Avenue.
Original story as follows:
One person has died in a crash along Brookside Avenue, on the border of Cherry Valley and Beaumont, officials report.
Jennifer Fuhrman of the Riverside County Fire Department says a vehicle crashed into a pole at the intersection of Nancy Avenue, at around 2:17 p.m.
"The solo occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene," she said.
As of 3 p.m., Brookside remained closed in the area.
Additional details about the occupant were not immediately available.
Banning-Beaumont Patch will continue to update this breaking news story as more details become available.