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Highway 101 reopens through Santa Barbara after multi-vehicle crash

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Posted at 5:54 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 10:08:49-04

UPDATE (7:03 a.m.) - Highway 191 has reopened, Santa Barbara CHP reports.

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UPDATE (6:45 a.m.) - Caltrans officials say both lanes of Highway 101 northbound through the Montecito area will re-open by 7 a.m. so that tow operators can remove the involved big-rig. It's unclear whether traffic on the highway will still be impacted after the truck is cleared.

Drivers should expect delays and consider an alternate route.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

California Highway Patrol officers are warning drivers of major traffic delays on Highway 101 northbound through Montecito Tuesday morning.

According to the CHP incident page, a big rig crashed and overturned after midnight, blocking the San Ysidro Rd. off-ramp and N. Jameson Rd.

On Twitter, officers say another collision happened in the center divider.

Officers have closed the fast lane of Highway 101 northbound but the slow lane remains open. However, CHP says officers may need to shut down both lanes in order to tow the big rig and other involved vehicles.

Officials say they anticipate clean-up of the crash will take several hours as they off-load the truck and its 11,000 lb. load of food.

CHP officials say the morning commute will be "heavily impacted" because in addition to the Highway 101 closure, N. Jameson Rd. is closed.