UPDATE: Southbound I-5 still backed up after big rig hauling beer crashes down embankment Tuesday

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UPDATE (6/9): A SigAlert is still in effect for southbound Interstate 5 north of Whitaker brake check area, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic is currently backed up from Tuesday’s incident and begins at Cherry Canyon.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A big rig hauling a trailer of beer Tuesday went over an embankment on Interstate 5 and ended up about 100 feet down a hill, spurring a recovery effort expected to last several hours.

The trailer, loaded with Budweiser, overturned in the crash that occurred shortly after 1 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The big rig had been traveling south on I-5 and was north of the Whitaker brake check area when it drove through a guardrail and over the embankment, officers said.

Three to four lanes will be closed to recover the rig, officers said.

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