BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: As of 4:00 PM., the Bakersfield Police Department confirmed that Hwy. 99 has been re-opened since 1:30 PM.
An overturned gas tanker truck shut down Highway 99 at State Route 65 during the early hours of Saturday morning.
The accident happened at 4 a.m. Saturday when the truck rolled on to its side and caught on fire. The California Highway Patrol says the truck was carrying fuel and diesel. The driver of the vehicle managed to escape with minor injuries.
Highway 99 northbound and southbound lanes are now opened at State Route 65. Lane closures will remain in place for Lerdo. State Route 65 southbound is also opened at Merle Haggard
The CHP reported as of 12:55 p.m. that PG&E will be working to replace a power pole in the area.
CHP says Caltrans engineers are also assessing cosmetic damage done to the bridge. No word on how long the assessment will take.
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