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Caltrans announced Sunday that all lanes on Highway 50 east of Echo Summit are open and roadwork will resume April 12.
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EL DORADO, Calif. (KTXL) – A rockslide closed off both directions of Highway 50 near Echo Summit for hours Friday.
The California Highway Patrol said one of their lieutenants noticed the rocks just before 6 a.m.
“He came around the corner and encountered a massive rockslide,” said CHP public information officer Ruth Loehr. “This rockslide has been huge. There are boulders out there that are bigger than I am.”
Luckily, no one was hurt, but the CHP said a driver crashed into the boulders.
“They were traveling westbound on U.S. 50, that actually collided into the rocks after they had already fallen down,” Loehr said. “Thank goodness there was no injuries. No fatalities, obviously, because the rocks did not fall on anyone.”
At that point, Caltrans crews went straight to work to clear the road, blasting the boulders into smaller pieces to take them to the Caltrans maintenance center near Johnson Pass Road.
For hours, crews worked to clear the road and climbed the mountain to push any loose rocks onto the road to make sure there was not another rockslide.
Crews worked fast enough to be able to reopen one lane of traffic on Highway 50 for the rush of travelers, as this is the last weekend of the ski season.
“This is, obviously, it’s already beautiful up here. So we are already having our spring and summer traffic heading up,” Loehr told FOX40.
This is a developing story.