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Garbage truck crash causes slowdown on Highway 99

UPDATE: The CHP said that both lanes are back open on Highway 99 at Nelson Ave.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 8:03 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 8:36 AM

UPDATE 8:31 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 - The CHP said that both lanes are back open on Highway 99 at Nelson Ave after a crash involving a garbage truck caused one-way traffic controls for a little over an hour.

The minivan driver was injured and has been taken to the hospital by a family member. The garbage truck driver was not injured, according to the CHP.

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - California Highway Patrol one way traffic controls are in place on Highway 99 at Nelson Ave. after a crash involving a garbage truck. 

The crash happened after 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

CHP Officer Justin Wallace said the driver of a garbage truck was making a left turn off Nelson Ave. to head southbound on Highway 99, when the garbage truck broke down in the middle of the freeway.

The rear corner of the garbage truck was sticking out towards the northbound lane when a minivan clipped the corner of the truck and spun out off the road, Wallace said.

The minivan driver had a major laceration to his arm and his head, Wallace said. However, the driver declined transportation by ambulance and had a family member take him to the hospital, CHP said.

The CHP says it does not know how long the slow-down will last and are encouraging commuters to find an alternate route.

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