US 50 over Echo Summit reopened after rockslide

Staff Report

Update 2:30 p.m. — Caltrans has reopened one lane on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit, the agency announced at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Caltrans said it will continue its work and monitor the rocky hillside all day and night through the weekend to ensure the route is safe.

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A Friday morning rockslide has shut down U.S. Highway 50 in both directions over Echo Summit.

The incident happened at about 5:45 a.m. and a motorist in a Toyota 4-Runner was hit by the slide causing major damage to the vehicle, but no injuries were reported.

The slide happened just east of Echo Summit.

CalTrans is working to open Johnson Pass Road to through traffic but there is no estimation on when it will be open. Eastbound traffic is being stopped and turned around at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

The estimated time to open the road is four to six hours, CHP said in a social media post.

Travelers are advised to use alternate routes.

A Toyota Forerunner collided into the boulders after the slide occurred near Echo Summit, but no one was injured. <em id="emphasis-8610e5ad2b308924414d7cbf0167ed5e">Provided / CHP</em>

April 9, 2021 (7:52AM) Traffic Advisory At approximately 5:45AM a rock slide occurred on US-50 at Echo Summit near…

Posted by CHP – South Lake Tahoe onFriday, April 9, 2021

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