4 Colliding Trucks Close Golden State

Four big-rig trucks involved in a chain reaction of collisions closed the southbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway Monday morning, authorities said.

An 18-wheeler truck lost its trailer at 4 a.m. on the freeway near Templin Highway. The trailer overturned, blocking two lanes.

As a second oncoming truck braked to avoid the trailer, it jackknifed in the middle of the road, according to Officer Wendy Moore of the California Highway Patrol.

Then a third big rig stopped on the shoulder of the road to assist the two truckers and was sideswiped by a fourth truck, Moore said.

No one was injured in the accidents, but all lanes were closed for an hour as crews worked to clean up the diesel fuel from the damaged trucks, Moore said.

Early-morning traffic was diverted to the center divider to pass, she said. The last lane was reopened at 8 a.m.

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