BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Highway 178 closed Wednesday morning following a rockslide, the California Highway Patrol in Bakersfield said. The highway then closed for a second time at around 11:40 a.m.

CHP said around 70 large rocks, the size of softballs and microwaves, blocked eastbound and westbound traffic lanes, just after 6 a.m., Wednesday.

Crews were able to clear the road and briefly reopened it again at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The highway briefly reopened for an hour before closing for a second time due to mud slides and rocks in the roadway.

For the latest on the Highway 178 closure on March 15, click this link.