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Highway 50 lanes reopen after truck crashes near Watt Avenue, spilling scrap metal

See lanes blocked near Watt Avenue after crash

A dump truck crashed on Highway 50 near Watt Avenue early Wednesday afternoon, spilling metal debris into the roadway and briefly closing all westbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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A dump truck crashed on Highway 50 near Watt Avenue early Wednesday afternoon, spilling metal debris into the roadway and briefly closing all westbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A dump truck crashed on Highway 50 near Watt Avenue early Wednesday afternoon, spilling metal debris into the roadway and briefly closing all westbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A truck carrying scrap metal overturned at about 1:12 p.m. on westbound Highway 50, according to CHP’s incident log, blocking all lanes. The left two lanes of traffic reopened at about 1:30 p.m., according to the incident log, and the right two lanes were closed. Caltrans tweeted at 5 p.m. that all lanes were reopened, however traffic was still backed up as of 5:45 p.m.

The on-ramp from northbound Watt Avenue to westbound Highway 50 remained closed, as units cleared the debris but are working to clear a “significant” amount of oil in the roadway.

Only minor injuries were reported, according to CHP’s incident log.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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