Big Rig Driver arrested for DUI after crashing tanker truck

May 16, 2016 9:17 AM


The driver of a tanker truck filled with a water-based petroleum Slurry Seal was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing his big rig North of Yuba City. The accident happened about 6:10pm Sunday. The crash closed both lanes of Highway 99.

According to the CHP, Jeffrey Nichols, 61, of Sacramento lost control in a turn near Kent Road and hit a guardrail, then overturned. 78-thousand pounds of a water-based petroleum spilled onto the road, a private driveway, and nearby storm drains. The seal is used to extend the life of the pavement.

Nichols, who works for Pacific Northwest Oil was arrested then taken to the hospital as a precaution. According to the CHP, Nichols smelled of alcohol and had alcohol in the cab. A hazmat crew was called in to deal with the massive clean up and both lanes of Highway 99 were reopened Monday at 5am.


Highway 99 in Sutter County north of Yuba City was expected to be open this morning, but is still closed to traffic at this time. This comes following a suspected DUI accident involving a tanker truck that overturned.
According to the California highway patrol around 6:15 Sunday night, a man driving a tanker with a water-based petrolium slurry seal used in asphalt application veered off the road. This was northbound on the highway near Kent Road.
The CHP says the driver hit the guardrail, then overcorrected and overturned causing the tanker to rupture.
Investigators say the driver smelled of alcohol, and they found liquor in his cab. The driver, who works for Pacific Northwest Oil, was hospitalized as a precaution. A hazmat crew was called out to clean up the mess, but investigators say it's non toxic.
At this time, there is no estimated time of clearing.


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