Highway 49 Shutdown After Crash
Mokelumne Hill, CA -- A semi rollover crash on Highway 49 north of Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County just south of the Amador County line has the highway shutdown. They say both lanes of the roadway will be closed for about 20 minutes as Caltrans crews work to clean up debris and tow the semi-truck.
The accident happened around 1:45 this afternoon a semi carrying asphalt went off the roadway and flipped on its side. Both lanes of the highway are blocked with debris for about 30 minutes. Then Highway 49 was down to one-way traffic for about 20 minutes and it is now shutdown.
An air ambulance did land and take off with one person in it. There is no word on that persons injuries or whether it is the driver or possibly a passenger in the semi. The CHP says the area where the semi went off the road is referred to as "13 Corners". Motorists will want to use caution in the area.
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Update 3:45pm: The CHP is recommending these detours to motorists. You can go east on Highway 26 from Mokelumne Hill through West Point up to Highway 88. You can also go through Valley Springs and head north on Paloma Road, take a left onto Watertown Road, left onto Sandretti Road on to Pardee Dam Road and that will turn into Stony Creek Road. Stony Creek Road will take you into the town of Jackson. The CHP says no heavy trucks are recommended on Paloma Road.
Written by Tracey Petersen
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