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Accidents involving SLO County drivers close two highways

An accident Thursday morning closed both lanes of southbound Highway 101 near Buellton.
An accident Thursday morning closed both lanes of southbound Highway 101 near Buellton. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Two accidents involving San Luis Obispo County drivers on Thursday caused southbound road closures on Highway 101 and Highway 1, according to CHP news releases.

Highway 101 was closed south of Santa Rosa Road, near Three Bridges, for about three hours after an Atascadero man towing a trailer with his 2004 Ford F-450 pickup truck lost control of his vehicle due to a tire blowout.

The truck collided with the concrete rail on the left side of the bridge, broke through and was partially dangling over the edge. The rest of the truck and the trailer remained on the road, blocking two lanes.

Due to the size of the truck and trailer, specialized towing equipment was needed to clear the scene. One of the lanes was reopened around 1 p.m., but the side closest to the bridge remained closed so engineers and repair crews could fix the damaged rail.

The driver, Nicholas Sampson, was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t injured in the crash.

A Los Osos man was involved in a semi truck fuel spill that closed southbound lanes on Highway 1, just north of Highway 101 and southeast of Lompoc.

The motorist, Dan Hingston, who was using the truck to tow a dump trailer, exited a private road and turned onto Highway 1. For unknown reasons, the truck’s fuel hoses became dislodged and spilled fluid onto the road.

Highway 1 was closed for about four hours while crews cleaned up the spill.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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