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PCH Reopens After Dump Truck Slides at Potrero Canyon

The highway is up-and-running after a truck ends up in a precarious position at the Potrero Canyon construction site.

Pacific Coast Highway reopened at about 11 a.m. after a dump truck slid on a grade at Potrero Canyon in Pacific Palisades Thursday morning.

According to officers Eric Fine and Hernandez Alonzo, the highway was closed at the 15100 block of PCH while the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department responded.

LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey told Patch that firefighters got the call at about 10:26 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, firefighters found a dirt hauler slightly off a hill at the Potrero Canyon construction site along PCH near Chautauqua Boulevard. According to Humphrey, it appeared the truck had a full load in its trailer and when the truck attempted to climb a grade, it slid.

Humphrey told Patch that the construction company on scene had heavy equipment, which crews used to pull the truck back onto the grade.

According to the LAFD, the PCH closure was precautionary and there were no life safety hazards.

Palisades Patrol told Patch that southbound PCH traffic was diverted to Temescal Canyon Road and northbound traffic was detoured to Chautauqua Boulevard, causing complete congestion in the Palisades. During the closure, eastbound Sunset Boulevard was backed up to Marquez Avenue, according to the security company.

As of noon, Palisades Patrol reported traffic flow was returning to normal.

Palisades Patrol owner Scott Wagenseller says residents who rely on PCH should always have an alternate route in mind. With summer coming up and the inevitable congestion and traffic accidents that occur during the season, he says it's very important to have that second route planned out.

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