Semi-truck crash causes backup on Highway 101 in Santa Maria


Two crashes involving a semi-truck caused a backup on Highway 101 during the Thursday morning commute.

The first happened around 6 a.m. when two cars crashed south of the Santa Maria River Bridge on the northbound side. A semi-truck hit one of the cars involved in the first crash.

The collision sent the big rig across the highway and into with a third car. The semi-truck continued through the guardrail and stopped in the fast lane of the southbound side. At least one person was taken to the hospital.

CHP says the injuries of the victims ranged from minor to moderate and Caltrans spent several hours Thursday replacing the guardrail.


A semi-truck crash with a car caused backups during the Thursday morning commute.

It happened around 6:15 a.m. on the northbound side, near the Broadway exit. A guardrail was damaged in the crash, and the truck is partially into the southbound side of the freeway. At one point, multiple lanes on the southbound side were closed. But crews were able to get two lanes open by 7:45 a.m.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, one northbound and one southbound lane remain closed while crews clear the crash and repair the guardrail. Caltrans expects to be at the scene for awhile as cleanup and guardrail repairs continue.

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