Traffic on southbound Highway 99 is backed up from Merced to Atwater from multiple minor accidents during the morning commute, the California Highway Patrol reported.
A big rig and silver SUV were involved in a minor collision in the southbound lanes near the 16th street overpass in Merced about 7:50 a.m.
Another big rig stopped in the center median to help, said Officer Eric Zuniga.
Though no injuries were reported and no lanes are closed, CHP was conducting traffic breaks.
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Traffic in the southbound lanes backed up to the Atwater Boulevard exit, where another minor collision occurred about 8 a.m. A third minor collision was reported about 8:05 near the Applegate Road exit.
Zuniga advised motorists to expect delays and plan ahead on the Monday morning commute.