US 50 completely open this morning morning after fiery multi-vehicle crash (updated) |

US 50 completely open this morning morning after fiery multi-vehicle crash (updated)

A fire has closed US Highway 50.
Provided / Whitney Peron

8:10 p.m.: As of 8 a.m. Caltrans said that US Highway 50 is fully open.

The fuel tanker was successfully off loaded and a Hazmat team cleaned up the area and made all necessary repairs.

Update 9:50 p.m.: US Highway 50 is scheduled to re-open in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“The Tanker truck has one full trailer of fuel and it’s turned on its side,” said Caltrans via Twitter. “The crew will upright and transfer to another fuel trailer. We will be re-opening at 2 a.m. with one-way traffic control while clean up and repair continue.”

Update 7 p.m.: Caltrans says US Highway 50 will remain closed for evaluation and repair of the bridge deck, asphalt and guardrail.

There is still no estimated time of opening.

Update 3:30 p.m.: The South Lake Tahoe CHP is warning motorists the US Highway 50 road closure between Pioneer Trail and Airport Road may take a long time to clear.

They are asking travelers to avoid the area if possible and there is no estimated time of opening.

Caltrans reported earlier that a big rig crash involved several vehicles caused a fire and forced the closure of the road.

The city of South Lake Tahoe added that the crash happened on the bridge over Upper Truckee River and many personnel from all around the basin have responded.

It also said the fire was suppressed.

Update 2 p.m.: Caltrans reports that US Highway 50 east of Meyers is closed and all lanes are blocked due to a big rig crash involving several vehicles.

First responders and Caltrans were en route to the scene, according to the Caltrans District 3 Twitter feed shortly before 1 p.m.

The crash apparently sparked a fire that sent up a large black flume of smoke.

Caltrans said there is no estimated time of opening.

Original post: A fire near Lake Tahoe Golf Course has caused the closure of US Highway 50 in both directions.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department dispatch confirmed the road closure at Elks Club Drive and has no estimated time of opening.

Traffic is currently being re-routed away from the area.

This post will be updated.

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