Cleanup of 101 mess stretches into afternoon

Southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco is expected to remain closed until late Tuesday afternoon after a dump truck crashed and spilled debris from an overpass onto the highway Tuesday morning, according to California Highway Patrol and police officials.

The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. on an overpass near San Bruno and Silver avenues and above southbound Highway 101, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

A dump truck crashed and spilled what appears to be construction materials onto the highway. No vehicles on the highway struck the debris, CHP spokesman Officer Vu Williams said.

The truck has been turned upright but the cleanup is expected to last for hours. CHP and police officials said the overpass and the southbound lanes of the highway are expected to remain closed until about 4 p.m.

There was another vehicle that crashed into a house nearby and police believe that was connected to the dump truck crash, Esparza said.

Injuries were reported in the crash but Esparza did not immediately have more details. The dump truck driver was able to crawl out of the truck’s shattered windshield and is cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

Motorists on Highway 101 are being diverted to Interstate Highway 280 to get around the debris, Williams said.