A section of the 215 Freeway and several surrounding streets remained closed Friday after an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse just off March Air Reserve Base near Perris the day before.
“Avoid this area at all costs,” said Terri Kasinga, district spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.
Authorities cordoned off an area for three-quarters of a mile around the scene, including a portion of the heavily traveled Interstate.
No residential areas were involved, but the closure affected businesses and adjacent Riverside National Cemetery, authorities said.
The 215 was closed in both directions between Harley Knox Boulevard and Cactus Avenue, California Highway Patrol officials said following Thursday’s incident.
Caltrans tweeted on Friday that the freeway closure would be “long term.”
The aircraft crashed through the roof of the warehouse about 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
There was no explosion and no serious injuries among workers at the business.
The pilot ejected safely before the crash and was in good condition, Col. Thomas McNamara, vice commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, said at a news conference Friday. The pilot’s name was not released.
The warehouse is owned by See Water, Inc. The company offers products and solutions to HVAC, commercial, residential, utility and wastewater industries.