After a tanker truck overturned and collided with another vehicle about 8 a.m., killing one person, traffic was being rerouted to Route 9, an even curvier route over the Santa Cruz Mountains, authorities said on Twitter.
We are on scene and investigating a collision on SR 17 southbound north of Bear Creek Rd. Sadly, one of the involved drivers sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. SB 17 lanes are shut down and being diverted at SR 9. Currently, we do not have an ETO— CHP San Jose (@CHPSanJose) June 5, 2021
Crews from Santa Clara County Fire, CalFire, CalTrans, Los Gatos Police Department and other agencies were assisting California Highway Patrol with various aspects of the sprawling incident.
Northbound lanes of Highway 17 reopened about 9:10 a.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol's online incident log.
Santa Clara County Fire tweeted at 11:15 a.m. that authorities could not estimate when the southbound lanes of Highway 17 would reopen. They said delays were still expected in the northbound lanes, and they urged drivers to exercise caution in the area.
Some vehicles were trapped on the roadway, at least temporarily, due to the blockage and closure, according to the CHP incident log.
#SCCFD and @CHPSanJose remain on scene in the southbound lanes of 17 near Bear Creek. All southbound lanes remain CLOSED. Per @CHPSanJose there is no estimated times to reopen southbound 17. NB lanes are open but please expect delays. Continue to exercise caution in the area. pic.twitter.com/NfSvUqFPoK— Santa Clara Co Fire (@sccfiredept) June 5, 2021