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Highway 41 in Madera County reopened following logging truck crash

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UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. Highway 41 is open in both directions.

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UPDATE: 12:55 p.m.

On Road 211, one of the detour roads, a big rig tanker truck hit a boulder on the side of the road, causing two tires on the trailer to blow out.

The driver had to stop in the road and call a tow truck, causing the small, two lane road to cut down to one lane. This is adding around another hour delay to get around the Highway 41 closure.

Highway 41 is shut down between Road 200 and Road 208 due to the logging truck crash.

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Highway 41 in Madera County is shut down in both directions due to a logging truck that crashed.

It happened Friday around 9:07 a.m. on Highway 41 near Road 406.

Highway 41 is shut down between Road 200 and Road 208.

CHP says Highway 41 had been shut down to one lane due to an investigation into an explosion just down the road. When the logging truck driver started to approach the stopped traffic, he realized he wasn't going to be able to stop in time. Rather than rear-ending car in front of him, he steered the truck off the roadway, went down a small embankment and hit a couple rocks which caused the tanker truck to turn over. One of the fuel tanks ruptured due to hitting rocks.

Terry, the man who was driving the truck, tells FOX26 that he was slowing down, but when he came around the corner, the cars were stopped. That's when he tried to brake but he knew the truck wasn't going to stop in time.

"I had to make a decision, you know, to leave the road, it's just that simple, to avoid hurting anyone," said Terry.

No one was hurt in the crash.


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