An overturned big rig carrying a load of apples prompted a full closure of the southbound 14 freeway at Escondido Canyon Road early Wednesday morning, blocking traffic for hours.
The collision on the Highway 14 that occurred at approximately 3:59 a.m. Wednesday morning was cleared up by 8:09 a.m., according to Josh Greengard, public information officer for California Highway Patrol’s Newhall area office.
It involved a tractor and semi-trailer combination containing a load of apples, and was traveling on Highway 14, south of Escondido Canyon, when it overturned.
The crash required a full closure of the freeway as it was blocking all traffic lanes and the roadway shoulder when it overturned.
At approximately 8:09 a.m., it was successfully moved to the right, opening the HOV, or carpool, lane for traffic.
A hard closure will remain in effect for the remainder of the roadway, as well as the Escondido Canyon on-ramp to S/B SR-14, to facilitate the off-loading of the trailer’s cargo (apples) prior to its recovery.
The earliest estimate for the opening of the roadway is 12:00p.m.