Rock slide blocking parts of 299E near Hatchet Summit

HATCHET SUMMIT — CHP and CalTrans officials are working to remove several large rocks and boulders that are reportedly blocking parts of SR-299E, about two and a half miles east of Hatchet Summit, according to a CHP incident log.

It was not immediately known if today’s rainfall, the first of what is expected to be ten days straight of rain, was the cause of the rock slide.


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CHP was first alerted to the situation around 11:45 a.m. this morning, after a 911 caller reported “three to four large rocks” in the roadway, about five miles west of Burney. The caller did not specify which direction of travel was blocked on the winding, two-lane mountain roadway.

After receiving the report, CHP notified CalTrans officials, who dispatched a road crew to the scene to remove the rocks. CHP’s incident log did not mention any traffic delays or accidents related to the rock slide.

In another, unrelated incident on SR-299W, an overturned trailer was reported to CHP around 1:15 p.m. The trailer, which was not described, was reportedly blocking both lanes of travel just west of Whiskeytown, near mile marker 2.

A short time later, CHP’s incident log updated that the trailer had been pulled from the roadway and a flatbed tow and wrecker were requested to the scene to remove the wrecked trailer.

As of this report, CalTrans was still headed to the scene of the rock slide and no further information or details were immediately available.

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