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[UPDATE: Open to One-Way Traffic]Highway 101 Completely Blocked After Semi Carrying 77,000 Pounds of Top Soil Drops Its Load


Hwy 101 is completely blocked after a fully loaded semi carrying 77,000 pounds of top soil flopped onto its side dropping its load across both the north and the south lanes.

“We’re hoping it isn’t hazmatted,” said a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol who had an officer at the scene. Because it is top soil and probably not going to be considered a hazardous waste, clean up might go quicker. But if the decision is made that this is hazardous, the road could be closed awhile, he explained.

The driver received only minor injuries, he told us.

Reprinted with the permission of Kym Kemp’s Redheaded Blackbelt

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.

According to CHP dispatch, Highway 101 is now open to one-way, controlled traffic.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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