A refrigerated truck crashed on Highway 99 north of Fresno early Tuesday causing a nearly five-hour traffic jam, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash occurred about 1:15 a.m. on the northbound side of the San Joaquin River Bridge, leading to logistical problems for emergency response teams, CHP officer Scott Jobinger said.
The big rig fell across both lanes of traffic and it took hours to clear it from the highway. Northbound traffic re-opened about 6:05 a.m. The bridge has no shoulder, so CHP and emergency crews had to take Avenue 7 in Madera County, south in the northbound lanes, to reach the truck, Jobinger said.
Motorists stuck behind the truck in the northbound lanes had to be backed off the highway, Jobinger said.
The cause of the accident is not known and no injuries were reported.
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