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Highway 152 Lanes Reopen At Pacheco Pass Following Big Rig Crash, Brush Fire

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) -- Lanes were opened up along state Highway 152 at the Pacheco Pass Monday afternoon after a brush fire caused by a big rig crash closed the highway in both directions in the morning.

The California Highway Patrol said the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. near Dinosaur Point Road just west of the Santa Clara/Merced county line when a big rig had its rear trailer overturn.

A resulting fire spread to the hillside, prompting a response from air and ground firefighting units.

Gilroy Police said the highway was closed from 0.4 miles west of the Santa Clara/Merced County line to 1.1 miles east of the county line. Just after 2 p.m. the CHP said one lane was open in each direction and by 3:30 all lanes had been reopened.

Traffic was recovering on Highway 152 but was heavier in the eastbound direction, Caltrans said.


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