[UPDATE: Additional Photos] Large Truck Slams Into Pesula Road Overpass on Hwy 101 South of Weott
About 8:45 a.m., a large commercial truck “ran up on to the guardrail and hit” the Pesula Road overpass south of Weott, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. The cab of the vehicle is on fire.
The driver had moderate injuries, according to the Incident Commander speaking over the scanner.
The semi, which is pulling a closed container trailer, is in a southbound lane and traffic is moving very slowly in that direction though northbound is moving freely.
UPDATE 9:06 a.m.: The CHP reports, “At approximately 0840 hours a semi truck pulling a closed trailer traveling on US 101 went off the roadway and hit the guardrail and then continued south and hit the Pesula Road overpass concrete support beam. The truck is on fire and the driver is out of the vehicle. Please stay clear of the area and allow police and fire to perform their duties.”
UPDATE 9:08 a.m.: According to Caltrans QuickMap, traffic is moving very slowly through the area in both directions.
UPDATE 9:28 a.m.: Photos from Chris Brannan shows the damage and tangled traffic. Please avoid the area if possible.UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Another photo this one from Daniel Primerano that captures the difficulty emergency personnel are facing. UPDATE 9:49 a.m.: The southbound lanes are both shutdown and there is one way traffic control in the northbound lanes, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. The Incident Commander reported that the fire has been extinguished but that firefighters expect to be at the scene for about three hours.
Update 11:56 a.m.: A RHBB reader sent us pictures of the clean-up efforts on Highway 101.