Buy Photo

Casey Christie / The Californian

Motorists traveling east on Rosedale Highway were diverted to Highway 99 southbound west of Buck Owens Boulevard for about an hour Wednesday afternoon as workers hoisted steel plates back onto the big-rig, center, after the driver had lost his load earlier in the day.

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking motorists to avoid eastbound Rosedale Highway at Highway 99 for the next hour.

According to the BPD, steel plates fell off a truck and are blocking the road. The BPD sent its alert at about 1:45 p.m. The area is a main east-west thoroughfare through the city.