UPDATE (7:03 a.m.) - Highway 191 has reopened, Santa Barbara CHP reports.
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.
The No. 2 (right) lane of northbound #US101 south of San Ysidro Road and the NB off-ramp in Montecito will re-open in approximately 30 minutes to allow for the recovery of a semi-truck involved in an accident early this morning. Drive carefully in this area.@CaltransD5— Jim Shivers (@JimEShivers) October 15, 2019
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.
We are currently working a multi-vehicle collision on US-101 N/B @ San Ysidro. A big rig overturned and is blocking the San Ysidro off ramp and North Jameson. Another collision happened in center divider.— Santa Barbara CHP (@CHP_SantaBarb) October 15, 2019
The #2 lane is still open, but we may need to close it for tow recoveries. pic.twitter.com/A5B5TVaYHj
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.
Clean up and recovery will take hours, as they off load the truck filled with 11,000 lbs of food. The alternate route of N. Jameson is blocked. We will try to keep at least one lane open. The morning commute is going to be heavily impacted with 101 AND N. Jameson closed.@KEYTNC3— Santa Barbara CHP (@CHP_SantaBarb) October 15, 2019