(UPDATE 12:10 p.m.) - The California Highway Patrol says moderate injuries were reported in a crash that shut down a portion of Highway 101 near Paso Robles Tuesday morning.
CHP says a semi towing double tanker trailers was heading southbound on the highway, south of Niblick Road, when the driver went off the road around 4:34 a.m.
The truck reportedly went through the metal guardrail in the center divide and rolled down a steep embankment that separates the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway.
CHP says the tanker trailers landed in the northbound lanes.
Another driver heading northbound was unable to stop in time and crashed into them.
CHP did not say whether that driver was hurt.
The driver of the semi, identified as a 37-year-old man from Santa Maria, suffered moderate injuries, according to CHP.
The crash shut down the northbound lanes of the highway and diverted traffic onto the Spring Street offramp until around 10 a.m.
No arrests were made.
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It happened around 4:30 a.m. An ambulance was requested but there are no word on the extent of injuries at this time.
Paso Robles Police Department posted a photo of the crash and recommended drivers find another route for the morning commute.
Highway 101 is now closed at the Highway 46 West off-ramp. CHP officials say drivers should use Vine Street from Highway 46 west as a detour.
CHP said it is unknown when the northbound lanes will reopen.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.