Truck carrying logs overturns, partially blocks Highway 32 near Butte Meadows

UPDATE: 9:41 a.m. Monday, March 2 - Highway 32, just one mile east of the Butte-Tehama County Line, the roadway has reopened after closing for nearly four and a half hours, according to Caltrans.

Posted: Mar 2, 2020 7:54 AM
Updated: Mar 2, 2020 9:43 AM

UPDATE: 9:41 a.m. Monday, March 2 - Highway 32, just one mile east of the Butte-Tehama County Line, the roadway has reopened after closing for nearly four and a half hours, according to Caltrans.

The area was closed following a logging truck that overturned on Highway 32 early Monday morning. Full story below.

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TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - A logging truck overturned on Highway 32 near the Butte and Tehama County line, Monday morning, after the driver says he swerved to avoid another vehicle.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Ron Simmons tells Action News Now the crash happened just before 5 a.m. on Highway 32 near Humboldt Road and Butte Meadows.

The logging truck driver, a male in his 40s out of Quincy, told officers that he was driving west on the road when another vehicle driving east crossed his lane.

He then swerved and slammed his brakes to avoid the vehicle, overturning on the right shoulder of the highway.

The crash caused 25 to 30 logs to fall off and diesel to leak.

Officers say the second vehicle involved did not stop for the truck driver, and they do not have a description of that vehicle.

An ambulance took the logging truck driver to the hospital for minor scrapes.

CHP says it could take up to three hours to clear the scene.

There is traffic control in place for anyone driving in that area.

CHP is not identifying this as a hit and run, they also don't believe alcohol or drugs are factors.

This is a developing story, come back for updates.

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