End of the Road: Landslide Shuts Famed Californian Highway 1 as Big Chunk Falls into the Sea

By Daily Mail Reporter

 

A 40ft section of California's Highway 1 fell into the Pacific after a landslide. Photo AP

A 40ft section of California's Highway 1 fell into the Pacific after a landslide. Photo AP

It is the most scenic highway in America, but a big chunk of California’s Highway 1 has fallen into the sea after a landslide.

Stunned drivers watched as a forty-foot section tumbled into the Pacific below after several days of rain.

The landslide, at 5pm on Wednesday, happened 12 miles from Carmel. A two-mile stretch is now closed for repairs which are expected to take several days.

Despite being new asphalt, all of the southbound lane is now gone, and the soil under the northbound lane also is giving way.

The California Highway Patrol closed the lane at Palo Colorado Road and drivers going north were stopped at the Bixby Creek Bridge.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the slide. A CHP dispatcher said: ‘Nobody went down, no people got hurt.’

State transportation workers are now scrambling to make repairs. It’s not immediately clear what caused the slide or how long the highway will be closed

Despite being new asphalt, all of the southbound lane is now gone, and the soil under the northbound lane also is giving way.

The California Highway Patrol closed the lane at Palo Colorado Road and drivers going north were stopped at the Bixby Creek Bridge.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the slide. A CHP dispatcher said: ‘Nobody went down, no people got hurt.’

State transportation workers are now scrambling to make repairs. It’s not immediately clear what caused the slide or how long the highway will be closed.

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