Overturned Big Rig Shuts Down Highway 70

Mar 4, 2013 2:27 PM

Highway 70 is still shut down this afternoon due to an overturned big rig. It happened just before 6:30 a.m. near Woodruff Lane just north of Marysville. CHP officials say a Dodge pickup was stopped, waiting to turn left from the highway, when a large tanker truck failed to slow down in time and rear ended the pickup. The impact sent the truck into a ditch on the side of the road, causing it to catch fire. Officers say the tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol, which has delayed re-opening the roadway.

"We can't roll that vehicle back onto its wheels. It's an aluminum tank so it's not strong enough for us to roll it. If we did that there's a chance it would break and start leaking fuel. So at this point we're on standby because we have to offload all that fuel into another tank," says CHP officer Michael McCarthy.

The driver of the big rig lost control of the truck when trying to slow down on a soft shoulder, which rolled the tanker on its side. The driver of the pickup was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. CHP officials say they're unsure when they'll have the highway back open.


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