Highway 17 reopens

- Update: 2/11 10:55 a.m.

According to CHP Santa Cruz, one lane of Northbound Highway 17 is reopened. 

Highway 17 now has at least one lane open in each direction.

Southbound lanes of Highway 17 re-opened Friday evening, according to Caltrans. The roadway was closed most of the day. 

At around 6:30 p.m., California Highway Patrol San Jose tweeted southbound lanes were being prepped to re-open. That work was completed within about one hour. 

Multiple closures and several roads were caused by mudslides.

The Scotts Valley Police Department posted a Nixle on Friday at 9:30 a.m. warning drivers to avoid Highway 17. 

According to the Nixle it's completely closed in both directions between Summit and Granite Creek Road. 

According to KSBW Highway 17 will be closed for several hours because of additional mudslides in the area and the an investigation of the deadly crash that occurred Thursday.

A truck fatally hit a worker who was trying to clear a mudslide on Thursday. The worker was identified as a 54-year-old Graniterock construction worker. Another worker was pinned under a truck, and was taken to the hospital with injuries. Bobby Gill of Los Banos was identified Thursday night as the worker who was killed. He's married with children.

The workers were clearing a mudslide when the accident occurred.  

The mudslide initially occurred Monday when mud blocked all lanes of northbound 17 near Vine Hill Road.

A black truck was pushed over the median when the mud entered the roadway. The driver was not injured, according to the CHP. 

Highway 17 was initially completely closed down. One lane in each direction in the southbound lanes later opened and remained open before the closure on Friday. Repairs might not be completed until next week.

 

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