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.