Southbound Highway 101 was closed for about three hours when a boom truck and crane slammed into the underside of an overpass. Southbound lanes could be shut-down for 12 hours, reported the California Highway Patrol. The overpass is new and partially constructed, causing the damage to be serious enough to close the highway. Luckily, no one was injured and the bridge did not sustain any serious structural damage. The crash damaged a steel workbeam, which hung over the southbound lanes, said the CHP. “Ninety percent of it was hanging over,” said a Highway Patrol spokesman. “We were worried that the huge beam was going to come down on the southbound lanes. Caltrans and engineers gave us a minimum standard of 12 hours, but workers were able to move the beam and do it in a more timely fashion.”
According to news reports, the northbound lanes of Highway 101 will be closed overnight for scheduled construction on the bridge project. The Hollister Avenue southbound on-ramp will also be closed 9-5 through Friday night. The project, which cost about $7 million to complete, will be finished by June. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad no one was hurt due to the collision with the bridge. If you or a loved one were hurt due to a crash due to negligence, discuss your case with a qualified car accident lawyer Los Angeles who can evaluate your case.