Morning commuters were met with extensive congestion on both sides of the 210 Freeway following a big rig crash into and through the center divider in Monrovia.
According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place just before 5 a.m. near the Huntington Drive Exit, where an eastbound big rig hauling 35,000 pounds of grapes traveling in the No.4 lane suddenly veered to the left all the way into the center divider and rolled onto its side. As the 18-wheeler finally came to a stop, its trailer remained in the eastbound lanes while the cab blocked lanes on the westbound side.
Fortunately, the driver of the big rig escaped serious injury, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, though the subsequent freeway closures in both directions created major traffic as the morning commuting hours arrived. On the westbound side, traffic was restricted to just 2 lanes, while commuters heading east had three lanes to deal with. To help ease the congestions, motorists were being encouraged to take a number of alternative routes through the area, including Huntington Drive, Colorado Boulevard, Duarte Road, or Foothill Boulevard.
Cleanup crews were called to the scene following the crash to help upright the big rig and remove it from lanes, along with any stray bundles of grapes that may have slipped out onto the highway. Police investigators were also called to the scene to uncover the cause of the accident, as it is unclear what caused the vehicle to suddenly veer to the left. After more than five hours, the Sig Alert issued for the accident was finally lifted and lanes fully reopened.
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