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Hwy. 101 off-ramp in Atascadero re-opened after box truck overturns

The box truck that overturned on the southbound Traffic Way off-ramp in Atascadero early on Friday, February 2, 2018.
The box truck that overturned on the southbound Traffic Way off-ramp in Atascadero early on Friday, February 2, 2018.

A box truck overturned on an Highway 101 off-ramp in Atascadero early Friday morning, closing it for hours while crews cleaned up the area.

A delivery driver traveling to the Five Cities area fell asleep about 6:15 a.m. while traveling south through the North County, according to Sgt. Tim Neumann of the California Highway Patrol’s Templeton office.

The driver’s box truck drifted off the road near the Traffic Way off-ramp and overturned, leaving half the vehicle blocking the ramp, Neumann said.

Atascadero firefighters helped the driver — who was uninjured — get out of the truck by cutting open the windshield. The truck required a tow, but the packages being delivered needed to be loaded onto another truck to prevent them from being damaged, Neumann said.

The off-ramp was closed throughout the morning, before Caltrans reopened it about 1:30 p.m.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseymholden

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