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Caltrans closes lane, lifts up big rig on Hwy 99 after collision, backup in Merced County

What to do if you’ve been in a car accident

Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.
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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.

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.

Vikaas Shanker is an award-winning reporter covering education, crime and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. After growing up in Naperville, Illinois and graduating from the University of Kansas, he reported in several Chicago suburbs before moving to Merced County in 2016.
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