May 16, 2016 1:30 PM by News Staff
Highway 99 in Sutter County, north of Yuba City is back open to traffic again this morning, following a suspected DUI accident involving a tanker truck.
Roads are now back open just north of Yuba City after being closed for nearly six hours after a tanker overturned.
According to the California Highway Patrol, around 6:15 p.m., a man driving a tanker with a water-based petroleum slurry seal used in asphalt application veered off the road.
The accident happened just northbound on the highway near Kent road
The CHP said 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.
CHP officer Mike Cantrell said drunk drivers, particularly those driving heavy duty vehicles, pose significant risk all pedestrians and motorists, no matter the situation.
“Drinking and driving anytime puts people in danger but when you're driving a truck that weighs 80000 pounds that’s why truck drivers have a lower presumed level of intoxication,” Crantrell said.
The driver, who works for Pacific Northwest oil, was hospitalized as a precaution. The semi was the only vehicle involved.
A hazmat crew was called out to clean up the mess but investigators are saying its nontoxic.
Again, no other vehicles were involved and the highway is back open this morning.