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Big rig strikes asphalt paver in construction lane on Highway 99, triggering lane closures

An overturned semitruck on Highway 99 Thursday morning closed all southbound lanes near Fruitridge Road.
An overturned semitruck on Highway 99 Thursday morning closed all southbound lanes near Fruitridge Road. California Department of Transportation

Southbound lanes of Highway 99 were snarled at Fruitridge Road on Thursday after a tractor-trailer swerved into construction lanes, striking an asphalt paver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At 5:36 a.m., Caltrans tweeted that a big rig had overturned on the road and issued a hard closure, backing up traffic for several hours before it was reopened around 10:30 a.m.

The big rig had moved into the path of an asphalt paver in a closed construction lane, the CHP said. The tractor-trailer rolled over, spilling its scrap aluminum contents across the roadway along with approximately 80 gallons of diesel.

The driver of the tractor-trailer and the workers in the paver suffered minor injuries, the report said.

Jaimie Ding, from Scripps College, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee with an interest in politics and international relations. She grew up in Vancouver, Washington.
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