A non-injury collision involving two big rigs on Highway 99 snarled commuter traffic in Atwater on Tuesday morning, traffic officials said.
The collision occurred when a big rig on the southbound shoulder of the highway was hit by another big rig at about 3:45 a.m. at the Atwater Expressway exit, CHP Merced Officer Eric Zuniga said.
The collision backed up traffic about four miles, to the Applegate Road exit, according to a Caltrans tweet.
Caltrans is closed the southbound slow lane of traffic between 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. to lift out one of the big rigs that had traveled down the embankment off the right hand shoulder after the collision, Zuniga said.
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