HOTSPOT UPDATE: All Lanes Are Now Open on Highway 17 Across the Santa Cruz Mountains

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (KRON) — The CHP has re-opened all lanes of Highway 17 for after clearing a downed tree that knocked out some power lines.

The accident happened just before 4:00 a.m. The lanes were re-opened about three hours later.

Originally all traffic was held northbound at Sugar Loaf and southbound at the summit. Hundreds of big rigs were caught in the back up.

PG&E crews originally had trouble getting to the scene but managed to turn off the power and remove the electrical lines from the roadway.

Traffic remains a mess for people traveling between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley.

Stay tuned to KRON 4, the KRON 4 Mobile App, and for the latest on this developing story.

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