Accident forces detour for Highway 50 detour |

Accident forces detour for Highway 50 detour

Christina Proctor

An accident involving a tanker truck Tuesday on Alternate U.S. Highway 50 threw a wrench in many travelers’ plans.

According to initial reports by the California Highway Patrol, the alternate route between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe via Amador County was closed at about 1 p.m. after the truck overturned on Iron Mountain Road, about 10 miles southeast of Sly Park Road.

The California Department of Transportation reported that about 100 gallons of liquid asphalt and two gallons of diesel fuel overcoat spilled from the tanker trailer onto the roadway.

One man, presumably the driver, sustained minor injuries, according to initial reports. He was taken to Marshall Hospital in Placerville, where he was treated and released from the emergency room.

The California Highway Patrol could not provide details of the accident prior to Tuesday’s press deadline.

Highway 50 traffic since Sept. 2 has been rerouted onto the alternate route on weekdays to accommodate the $9 million Caltrans project to remove potential slide materials in the American River Canyon.

Caltrans reopened the main highway Tuesday for cars cut off by the closure of Alternate Highway 50. Still, delays of an hour or more were reported in the work zone between Riverton and Twin Bridges.

Caltrans expected to reopen the alternate route at about 2 a.m. this morning and close the main highway at that time.

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