Thursday, December 7, 2023

[UPDATE] Highway 101 Closed North of Leggett After Big Rig Overturns

Dry concrete is piled on Highway 101 [Photograph from Manny Machado]

Highway 101, the Emerald Triangle’s major north/south corridor, is closed this morning after a big rig full of dry concrete overturned near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line. The road is estimated to re-open around 2:00 this afternoon.

Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page indicate the traffic accident happened around 6:15 a.m. this morning when the big rig overturned in Highway 101’s northbound lane reportedly injuring one party and spilling the trailer’s contents on the roadway.

The Caltrans Quickmap shows traffic at a standstill this morning in both the north and southbound lanes.

Hazardous material technicians have been dispatched to the scene.

UPDATE 8:57 a.m.: Caltrans confirmed, “U.S. 101 is now open to one-way controlled traffic north of Leggett in Mendocino County (PM 96.12) due to a solo big rig crash.”

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. 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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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