14-car pileup reported as storms hit S. California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California thunderstorms have left 40 bicyclists with hypothermia and may have caused a 14-car desert freeway pileup.

Flash flood warnings and watches are up Saturday for the San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as monsoonal moisture brings brief but fierce storms in the south and inland areas.

In San Bernardino County, authorities say blinding dust may have caused 10 big-rigs and four cars to collide around 10:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 in Newberry Springs. Authorities say nine people had minor injuries.

County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin says about 40 riders atop an 8,400-foot peak in the San Bernardino mountains were treated for minor hypothermia during the annual Tour de Big Bear.

They were taken back to the starting line but the race continued.

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