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TRAFFIC ALERT: Big rig crash causes backup on Hwy 101 in San Luis Obispo

Posted at 9:05 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 01:51:33-05

UPDATE (10:50 p.m.) – The CHP says officers and Caltrans will be back out Wednesday morning to finish clearing the scene of Tuesday’s big rig crash.

UPDATE (9:05 p.m.) – The CHP says crews are still at the scene of a big rig crash that slowed the Tuesday evening commute.

The crash was reported around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 101 southbound, just north of South Higuera Street.

The CHP says it was considered a hazmat situation because there were concerns that some sort of fuel had leaked.

Officers are still trying to figure out why the driver went off the highway.

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UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) – As of 6:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported that all lanes of the highway were open.

Only minor injuries were reported in the crash.


(5:45 p.m.) – A big rig crash was causing a major traffic backup southbound through San Luis Obispo during Tuesday evening’s commute.

It happened at about 5:30 p.m. on Highway 101 just north of South Higuera St.

The big rig reportedly went off the side of the highway.

There was no immediate word on any injuries.

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.