|All lanes were cleared on U.S. Highway 101 in Redwood City around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a big-rig collision prompted a nearly five-hour cleanup operation and sent two people to local hospitals.
The collision occurred at around 1 p.m. near the Woodside Expressway when a cardboard-loaded southbound big-rig struck the center divide and jackknifed, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The truck slid across the highway, struck and then jumped the center divide, causing chunks of concrete to fly at northbound motorists before it caught fire, according to CHP Officer Scott Cakebread.
A northbound vehicle being driven by a woman and her child sustained the most damage from the flying concrete pieces, the CHP reported. Both were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions remain unreported this afternoon.
The truck driver and a passenger were not injured, according to the CHP. A Toyota also hit by the concrete was damaged but the driver was not injured.
Crews were forced to temporarily close all southbound lanes at around 4:30 p.m. as they removed the charred wreckage of the big-rig from the roadway.
-- Palo Alto Weekly staff
— Bay City News Service
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