WATCH: Crews Work to Blast Massive Boulder Blocking California Highway

El Dorado County, CA — A massive boulder is blocking a California highway as emergency crews are working furiously in preparation to blast and then remove the rock.


A major rock slide occurred Thursday evening on U.S. Highway 50 at Echo Summit causing the California Department of Transportation, also known as Caltrans, to immediately close the road in both directions.

Crews worked through the night and into Friday morning to drill holes in the giant boulder so they can blast it with dynamite before removing it in pieces.

According to Caltrans, crews were successful in blasting the boulder and clean up is currently underway.


The roadway is expected to reopen Friday afternoon.

Since the closure, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has been turning eastbound traffic around at Sly Park Road and Sierra-at-Tahoe, and detouring westbound travelers at State Route 89 Junction and Meyers.

All travelers were advised to use Interstate 80 as an alternate route.

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