Crash leads to 2-hour delays on Highway 101 near Rohnert Park

A single-vehicle crash on southbound Highway 101 north of Rohnert Park caused delays of up to two hours most of Friday afternoon as crews cleared the wreck.

The crash, which was reported to the CHP at 1:31 p.m., involved a big rig that had rammed into several trees on the freeway’s shoulder before plowing through a fence near the Todd Road off-ramp, the CHP said.

The driver of the truck was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, CHP spokesman Officer David deRutte said. But the rig he was driving, which was hauling dirt, was badly wrecked, sending debris onto the freeway and an adjacent surface street after it collided with the trees.

A blown out tire may have been the cause of the crash, deRutte said.

Traffic was backed up to College Avenue and delays of two hours were reported, the SigAlert traffic website said. The freeway’s right lane remained closed until about 8:45 p.m.

You can reach Staff Writer Nashelly Chavez at 707-521-5203 or On Twitter @nashellytweets.

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