COVELO (CBS SF) – A big-rig truck broke into pieces on Highway 162 in Mendocino County Friday morning after a 30-foot sinkhole opened up in the roadway.
Around 7 a.m. the trucker was hauling supplies near Covelo when the sinkhole opened and separated his cab and the trailer, while tearing off an axel in the process. The driver’s cab was stranded on the washed-out portion of the road. He was not injured, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff Department.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
People traveling into Covelo – a town of about 3,000 – are being forced to use an alternate dirt road for the time being. Caltrans said the road could reopen Saturday.READ MORE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
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