BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Highway 166 in Kern County was blocked in both directions Friday afternoon following a fatal crash near the intersection of Highway 33 in Maricopa.
The crash happened at around 1:50 p.m. involving a white Nissan sedan and a truck hauling hay.
The closure was in place for about three hours. At around 5:10 p.m., the roadway was reopened. CalTrans District 5 said on Twitter that traffic delays could still persist.
#Hwy166 each way near Maricopa is now OPEN but expect residual traffic delays for awhile.— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 20, 2018
The roadway is experiencing heavy traffic as commuters circumvent the closure of US 101 in Santa Barbara. The California Department of Transportation and the California Highway Patrol have suggested Highway 166 as a possible detour for anyone forced to travel to and from Santa Barbara and southern California.
CHP is now advising travelers to take Highway 41/46 in San Luis Obispo County, as that road is more well-equipped to handle heavy traffic.