An open lane above Echo Summit after a landslide


2 p.m. Update: A lane of Highway 50 at Echo Summit is open after Caltrans crews blasted rocks blocking the roadway.

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Boulders crashed into Echo Summit Friday morning, landing on Highway 50 and blocking westbound and eastbound lanes.

The driver of a Toyota 4-Runner traveling on the roadway just before the rockslide occurred around 5:45 a.m. crashed into the rocks but was not injured, according to reports from the South Lake Tahoe office. of the California Highway Patrol.

By mid-morning, Caltrans District 3 officials reported that work had begun to remove rocks and clear the roadway to open at least one lane to traffic that afternoon.

There is no estimated reopening time, according to Caltrans District 3 officials. Traffic is reversed at Sierra to Tahoe and Johnson Pass Road is not open. Motorists bound for Tahoe are advised to exit Highway 50 at Sly Park Road and consider detours via Highway 49 or Highway 88.

The estimated time to open the road is four to six hours, CHP officials said in a social media post.

Virginia F. Goins