- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Transportation has brought in heavy equipment to break up a massive boulder blocking State Route 243 in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Caltrans says a 50,000-pound excavator equipped with a hydraulic breaker began working Tuesday morning on the boulder, which was described as 18 feet in diameter.

The road between Idyllwild and Pine Cove has been closed since Sunday night.

Caltrans says engineers examined the slope at the location where the boulder fell and determined that reopening the road would be safe after the boulder is removed.

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