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Highway 99 reopens after big rig overturns in Sacramento

An overturned big rig has backed up traffic on southbound Highway 99 at W. Elkhorn Boulevard.
An overturned big rig has backed up traffic on southbound Highway 99 at W. Elkhorn Boulevard.

A collision involving an overturned big rig blocked lanes on southbound Highway 99 at West Elkhorn Boulevard in Sacramento for about two hours Tuesday.

The collision occurred shortly before 2 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Fire Department. The big rig was reported lying on its side blocking lanes. The California Department of Transportation reported that the lanes reopened shortly after 4 p.m.

Officer Chad Hertzell, CHP spokesman, said the crash involved a big rig and a sedan and resulted in major injuries. At least one person was taken to an area hospital.

The truck was carrying rice and part of the load spilled onto the roadway, according to the CHP. Hertzell said no information was available on how the collision occurred.

To demonstrate hydroplane conditions and how to recover, CHP Officer Dan Wright takes The Sacramento Bee for a spin on the academy's hazardous-conditions track in West Sacramento. Cut the risk of hydroplaning by reducing speeds.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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