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J-59 Open Again After Crash

Long delays for motorists in south Tuolumne County today.

La Grange Road, southwest Highway 120 and Jamestown, was blocked for nearly three hours Tuesday after a trailer loaded with cedar wood chips overturned on J-59/La Grange Road near Keystone.

The big rig was headed south on J-59 pulling two trailers loaded with chips. Officials at the scene said the wheels of the rear trailer ran off the roadways edge after coming around a curve. The trailer began to fishtail back and forth crashing through an oak tree alongside the road before toppling over across both lanes of the narrow roadway.

The crash about four-miles south of Red Hills Road was first reported just after 10:30 a.m. County road crews set up roadblocks on either end of La Grange Road, turning away cars. On the southbound lane alone, more than 30 cars and big rigs were stuck on the road with nowhere to turn around. It would be 1:30 p.m. before the road was once again reopened to traffic.

Crews from Ahearns Towing of Sonora were called in to right the trailer and get the roadway clear.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the mishap.