Emergency crews shut down the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 58 on Monday after two tractor trailers collided. The crash was near the rodeo grounds and highway traffic was diverted along Tehachapi Boulevard to the next exit. Emily Brunett / Tehachapi News
California Highway Patrol officers divert traffic off of eastbound Highway 58 due to an accident involving two big-rigs Monday, Aug 19, near the Dennison Road overpass. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News
Crews worked to clean up the leaking fuel from a tractor trailer that collided with another tractor trailer on Hwy. 58 East Monday around 5:30 p.m. The accident closed the highway between the Tucker Road and Tehachapi Boulevard exits for several hours. Emily Brunett / Tehachapi News
Although the big rig was hooked up to the tow truck, crews were not yet ready to tow it away because they feared the engine of the tractor trailer would fall out while being moved. The Monday accident on Hwy. 58 East shut down the highway between the Tucker Road and Tehachapi Boulevard exits.
Shortly before 6 p.m., a traffic collision between at least two tractor-trailer vehicles near the Dennison Road overpass closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 58. As of 8 p.m., eastbound traffic was still being diverted off of the highway at Tucker Road and rerouted down Tehachapi Boulevard around the scene of the accident, leading to increased traffic and delays.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident was the result of decreased visibility due to weather conditions, and at this time, no injuries have been reported.
A Cal Trans official on the scene estimated that at least one eastbound lane would be reopened within two hours, as crews work to clear the wreckage and clean up fuel that leaked onto the roadway.
Westbound lanes were unaffected.
Update, 11 a.m. Tuesday:
According to CHP Officer Ed Smith, eastbound lanes reopened just before 10 p.m. Monday.
A Tehachapi Unified School District employee who allegedly gassed three cats in a fabricated kill box was scheduled to be arraigned in Kern County Superior Court on Monday, but his appearance was apparently postponed.