[UPDATE 9:02 A.M.] 101 Closed South of Richardson Grove

20150714_070208According to dispatch and a witness, Shanda Centeno, who sent in these photos, Hwy 101 is closed south of Richardson Grove near Cooks Valley. A turquoise Pontiac Sunfire collided with a utility pole sending lines spilling across the freeway.

“She busted the pole in half,” explained Centeno, a local resident about the accident. At 7:10 a.m., the woman was “still in the vehicle,” said Centeno. Emergency crews were removing her.

Traffic is currently backing up in both directions.


Map shows approximate location of the accident.

Map shows approximate location of the accident.

UPDATE 7:33 a.m.: CHP dispatch has confirmed that PG&E is now at the scene and crews are working to clear the road. One lane controlled traffic is expected by 8 a.m.

UPDATE 7:53 a.m.: Cal Trans spokesperson Eli Rohl estimates that one lane controlled traffic in not expected until approximately 8:30 a.m.

UPDATE 8:06 a.m.: According to Eli Rohl, there is one way controlled traffic. PG&E will be working in the area and traffic will probably be constricted for several hours.

UPDATE 9:02 a.m.: Although traffic was temporarily flowing normally, PG&E has traffic control back up in order to replace the pole.

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