Northbound lanes of Highway 101 were reopened in Carpinteria around 3 p.m. Tuesday, after a long closure caused by an overturned big-rig in the area, according to Caltrans.
A truck hauling fertilizer crashed off the roadway near Santa Monica Road around 5 a.m. and was blocking lanes for most of the morning and early afternoon.
The truck was leaking fuel and had spilled its load of fertilizer, Caltrans District 5 spokesman Jim Shivers said Tuesday morning.
Traffic backed up for about 7 miles, according to Caltrans, and drivers had to be routed off the highway onto surface streets to get around the closure.
The truck was “uprighted” and towed away in the afternoon, and all lanes were reopened.
The closure affected the morning commute into Santa Barbara from Ventura County, and significant traffic delays were reported, according to Caltrans.
The Caltrans Quickmap of highway closures and information is available at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov
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