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May 23--The Memorial Day weekend commute hit an early snag Friday when four vehicles collided on the 215 Freeway in Grand Terrace, prompting a Sig Alert.
The crash was reported just before 8 a.m. on the northbound 215 Freeway, north of Iowa Avenue. Vehicles had been moved to the shoulder by 8:58 a.m., but by then, the damage had been done.
"Traffic was backed up in the area," said California Highway Patrol Officer William Osegueda. That could be a trend through the weekend.
The Auto Club of Southern California expects 4.3 million Californians to travel 50 miles or more, an increase of 1.8 percent from 2013 and the highest increase in travelers since the recession hit in 2008.
That has the CHP concerned about safety on the 15 Freeway between the 210 and Las Vegas, one of the most-traveled areas during long weekends.
"This whole weekend is going to be a disaster if motorists don't pay attention to their speed and stay off their cell phones," Osegueda said.
The Auto Club says 3.5 million Californians will drive to their destinations, 400,000 will fly and nearly 300,000 will travel by railroad, bus and watercraft.
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Original headline: BRIEF: Memorial Day weekend traffic in Southern California to be busiest in years
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