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Overturned Big-Rig Causes Fuel Spill on Spanish Creek Bridge

An overturned big-rig caused a fuel spill on Spanish Creek Bridge this morning, causing road closures.

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 9:35 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2018 6:23 PM

UPDATE 6:16 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 - California Highway Patrol says that highway 70 will not open until late tonight or early tomorrow morning. 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that 4,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline were spilled as a result of the collision. 3,200 gallons was diesel and 800 was gasoline. 

Some of the fuel spilled on the road, but some also went into storm drains which empty into the Spanish Creek area. 

A scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently assessing the impact of the fuel on the creek. 


UPDATE 4:02 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 - California Highway Patrol says that the estimated time for Highway 70 to reopen is between 5-6 p.m. 

The driver suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. 


PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. - California Highway Patrol is responding to an overturned big rig on Spanish Creek Bridge in Plumas County, 10 miles north of Quincy. 

The incident happened around 8:23 a.m. on Sept. 14, when a big-rig carrying fuel was overturned on the bridge, puncturing the side. 

California Highway Patrol, HAZMAT, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Quincy Sheriff's Department are all on the scene as the fuel is spilling from the vehicle. 

There are reports of the fuel spilling into the river below in the Spanish Creek Area of the Feather River, but this has not been confirmed. 

Highway 70 is closed from Greenville Wye to the town of Keddie as officials attempt to clean up the scene. 

Stay with KHSL Channel 12 and actionnewsnow.com for the latest updates. 

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