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TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane blocked on southbound 101 near Cuesta Grade

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A photo of the southbound traffic is pictured from the northbound lanes. (Viewer photo) A photo of the southbound traffic is pictured from the northbound lanes. (Viewer photo)

A crash on southbound Highway 101 backed up traffic from the Cuesta Grade to Santa Margarita late Wednesday afternoon.

CHP reports a minivan spun out in the slow lane just north of the grade a few minutes before 4 p.m. The minivan became disabled.

A tow truck arrived but it took several minutes to load up the minivan. Meantime, the resulting backup became greater and greater.

Traffic was slowed for a couple of miles stretching back to Santa Margarita for at least an hour.

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