Big rig crashes cause major slowing on mountain passes
Fatal big rig crash closes major interstate
Last Updated: 105 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - All southbound lanes on Interstate 5 are now open following a crash.
The California Highway Patrol reports a fiery big rig crash happened at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear Road, south of Lebec, killing a person.
During the full closure, southbound traffic that was already on the Grapevine headed into Los Angeles was being diverted onto Highway 138, where drivers can detour around the closure on Highway 14 through Lancaster & Palmdale. Officers opened the fast lane at 7:30 a.m., and traffic remained slow for hours afterward as all that traffic fed through the bottleneck.
There was another big rig crash about 3:40 a.m. that left only one eastbound lane open on Hwy 58 near the 202 in Tehachapi. There were only minor injuries reported in that crash, but an environmental health crew was called out to the scene. Traffic there got worse during the morning commute as all the Grapevine commuters tried to head that way as a detour. The road was completely reopened about 9:15 a.m.
As you know, the 178 through the canyon is also extremely slow following the rockslide last week that has left only one lane open and alternating traffic control. So the best detour to avoid all the slowing on Kern Counties major mountain passes appears to be the longest: head west to the coast and get down to LA that way.
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