Transportation

Highway 99 reopens in Elk Grove after 8-hour closure due to big rig crash

A big rig crash early Thursday has closed the left lane of southbound Highway 50 all morning as Caltrans performs emergency guardrail repairs near Dillard Road.
A big rig crash early Thursday has closed the left lane of southbound Highway 50 all morning as Caltrans performs emergency guardrail repairs near Dillard Road.

Traffic was severely impacted for hours Thursday after a big rig crash closed lanes of southbound Highway 99 in Elk Grove.

A collision between an SUV and big rig near Dillard Road reported about 3 a.m. led CHP to close both southbound lanes at Elk Grove Boulevard for more than two hours, with the right lane reopening about 5:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans.

The left lane reopened just after 11 a.m. after crews spent most of the morning performing emergency repairs on the guardrail, Caltrans said in tweets.

Two patients were transported to area hospitals with unknown injuries, according to CHP’s incident log.

The tractor trailer jackknifed, spilling fuel and prompting a hazardous materials crew response, according to the incident log. The truck was carrying pallets of milk, CHP says.

Major congestion could be observed through at least Grant Line Road until about 11:10 a.m., Caltrans traffic cameras showed. Drivers had been urged to use Interstate 5 as an alternate route.

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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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