Update: Highway 50 reopens after second rock slide at Echo Summit

Highway 50 has reopened to traffic in the Echo Summit area after being closed twice Tuesday night for rock slides.

Crews had barely cleared rocks from westbound Highway 50 and reopened lanes to traffic a when a second rock slide occurred in the same area.

Westbound lanes were reopened about 7:30 p.m. after a 90-minute closure at Johnson Pass. Shortly before 8 p.m., the California Department of Transportation announced that another rock slide had occurred at Johnson Pass and traffic was being held in both directions.

The highway reopened about 8:40 p.m. after debris from the second slide was cleared.

Caltrans officials said crews will continue to monitor the area for further slides.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy