Southbound traffic on Highway 181 had to detour as crews worked to clear a major accident that happened near the Harbor Bridge Thursday morning.

According to Flatiron-Dragados, the company handling the new Harbor Bridge Project, the accident happened in the southbound lanes of Highway 181 just before reaching the Harbor Bridge. It caused emergency crews to shut down all three southbound lanes and the left northbound lane of Highway 181 near the Burleson Street exit.

The lanes remained closed for several hours as crews cleared the scene. At around 2 p.m., the southbound lanes of Highway 181 were reopened.

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