This is the second time this month that a landslide has fallen over the 101 Freeway in California, this one being in Mendocino County. Road crews were working at the time of the landslide and they had to quickly escape to the bottom of the hillside as sediment and rocks fell onto the road. A concrete barrier used for the roadside work was also knocked over by the falling rocks, causing the freeway to shut down.
According to the California Department of Transportation, the landslide was “sporadically active” throughout the day and that the area was “prone to rock slides.” The fact that the area is more likely to continue having landslides inhibits the ability for crews to move in and clean up the incident. The highway remained closed until all the rocks were removed.