FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – According to the California Highway Patrol, pipes that spilled onto Highway 99 are responsible for a multi-vehicle crash that caused a major traffic jam.

According to Caltrans, the accident occurred Friday morning on Highway 99, just south of the intersection with Highway 180.

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CHP officials said a Ford F-250 was traveling north on Highway 99 when the driver became involved in an incident in which pipes from a flatbed trailer pulled by the pickup truck spilled into the oncoming lane.

These pipes caused a Peterbilt tractor-trailer to drive up an embankment heading south on 99 and a Freightliner truck to spill diesel fuel onto the highway after colliding with them.

According to officials, four other vehicles also drove into the pipes.

Nobody was seriously injured.

Investigators say the quick action of CHP officers contained the leaking diesel fuel before it reached the drain.

The Fresno Fire Department HAZMAT team was called to assist in removing the diesel fuel from the highway.

According to Caltrans, both the eastbound and westbound Highway 180 ramps to southbound Highway 99 have been closed since 12:13 p.m. Friday.

Southbound traffic on 99 is currently backed up at least as far as Clinton Avenue.

Motorists are asked to use alternative routes. It is not known how long the closure will last.

Stay with ABC30 for the latest details on this developing story.

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