Photo by Tarmo Hannula

A big rig carrying 40,000 pounds of printer paper toppled into a ravine on Highway 152 (Hecker Pass) just after 9am Monday. The California Highway Patrol said the male driver, who suffered only minor injuries, was traveling from LA to Watsonville for the PTS, Inc. company when he lost control while navigating a tight curve on southbound Hwy 152 and rolled off the pavement. 

Kelvin Ramer of Auto Care Towing said his crew would use 50-ton and 80-ton rotator towing rigs to stabilize the trick before crews could offload the cargo. The CHP said a crew from Caltrans shut down the major corridor between Watsonville and Gilroy to allow for recovery efforts. Ramer said the operation could take around 8 hours.

The CHP said that big rigs are not permitted on that stretch of highway between Gilroy and Watsonville.

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