A truck appears to have lost control of an excavator it was carrying and has shut down traffic in both directions on Highway 3A.

UPDATED: Highway 3A reopens after truck crash

Traffic first blocked and then reduced to single lane traffic, nobody was hurt.

RCMP say speed is a likely factor in a crash that shut down traffic in both directions on Highway 3A this morning and left a toppled excavator lying in the ditch near Five Mile beach.

The accident in the 2600 block happened at about 9:30 a.m. A dump trunk was headed east pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with the excavator. According to Cst. Stathis Dimopoulus, the flatbed and its load shifted with trying to turn, causing the trailer to flip with its load intact.

Both lanes of the highway were closed for about 1.5 hours, but one lane has since reopened. There were no injuries.

RCMP continue to investigate the exact cause.

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