LOS GATOS (CBS SF) — Caltrans crews had to force an emergency closure of State Highway 17 in both directions for about an hour Thursday afternoon in order to take down a tree that was threatening to fall onto traffic, according to authorities.

At around 4:46 p.m., Caltrans reported that crew needed to halt traffic to take down a tree that was in danger of falling on its own. The closure shut down Highway 17 in both directions at Hebard Road near the summit.

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According to initial reports, authorities said all lanes were likely to be closed until 6 p.m. Chopper 5 video showed a huge back-up leading up to the area where what appeared to be a pine tree was cut down and fell across all four lanes of the highway.

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Crews worked to cut up the tree into smaller pieces and remove the debris quickly so the highway could reopen.

All lanes were reopened at about 5:45 p.m., but drivers were advised to expect some residual delays.

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