Motorists were urged to avoid the northbound 57 Freeway in Anaheim Wednesday, after a crash involving a truck hauling construction machinery caused a complete shutdown, backing up traffic for miles.

The accident was reported at 12:13 p.m., when a truck crashed into the center divider on the freeway near Lincoln Avenue, littering debris on both sides of the roadway.

By 3 p.m., all lanes of the northbound 57 Freeway were closed from Lincoln Avenue to the 91 Freeway, and the carpool and left lanes were blocked on the southbound side as well.

Officials said the northbound freeway would be closed for a few more hours while crews inspect an overhead sign that was damaged in the crash.

Northbound traffic was being diverted onto Lincoln Avenue then north on State College Boulevard to Orangethorpe Avenue, where motorists can re-enter the freeway.

The blockage was also expected to impact traffic for the Los Angeles Angels’ 5 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“Please avoid the northbound 57 freeway if coming to the game this afternoon!” Angels Stadium tweeted at 2:38. “Complete freeway shut down, northbound 57 at Lincoln Ave. Use alternate routes!”

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