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Updated: J-59 Opens After Crash

Update 3:30 p.m.: The CHP reports that J-59 has reopened after being closed for more than four hours after a big rig smashed into an pole bringing down an AT&T phone line.

CHP spokesperson Officer Nick Norton says the phone line was about 2 to 3 inches thick and was lying across both lanes, forcing the closure of the roadway.  Officer Norton details the accident, “Basically, he [the semi driver] took his eyes off the road to reach for his coffee cup and drifted off the road and collided with the telephone pole.”

The driver is 45-year-old Lawrence Stone of Groveland working for Ed Orpurt Trucking out of Jamestown.  The big rig is a lumber truck, which luckily was not carrying a load.

It took AT&T crews several hours to put in a new pole and repair the telephone line.

Original story 11:17 a.m.: Tuolumne County, CA — A big-rig truck has hit a utility pole on J-59, just south of Red Hills Road.

Update 12:18 pm.CHP Officer Nick Norton reports that it is requiring a hard closure of J-59, at the crash site. Initially officials hoped to have J-59 re-opened by around 1pm, but CHP  Officer Norton is now estimating it will be closer to 3pm. There is a utility wire down across J-59, and ATT is responding.  You will want to avoid the area.  A lengthy detour has been set up, sending vehicles through Coulterville.

The CHP reports that no one was hurt as a result of the crash.

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J-59 Near Red Hills Road 37.831955, -120.478649 Red Hills Road, Chinese Camp, CA, United States (Directions)