Sunken semi leads to temporary closure, holding of big rigs, on NorCal highway

Interstate 80 in Northern California was closed for several hours on Tuesday after a semi truck went off the road and into a deep embankment. 

The accident and subsequent traffic disruptions occurred on December 8th along eastbound I-80 in the Sierra between Cisco and Kingvale near Rainbow. 

According to CBS Sacramento, the semi truck went off the road for undetermined reasons before 9 a.m. The incident forced the closure of the 2nd eastbound lane for around three hours as crews worked to scoot the stuck rig closer to the roadway to allow for easier towing. 

After maneuvering the rig close to the roadway, officials then completely shut down eastbound I-80 between Cisco and Kingvale for approximately an hour and a half as they removed the rig from the roadside ditch. 

During the closure, motorists were diverted onto Old Highway 40, but tractor trailers were held until the time of reopening. 

All lanes were reopened at around 1:55 p.m. It is not clear whether the truck driver was injured in the accident.