80 Gallons of Diesel From Overturned Lumber Truck Spilled Into Storm Drain After Crash Today
On January 19, 2016, at approximately 0845 hours, a truck tractor combination vehicle, hauling lumber, was traveling southbound on US-101 in Mendocino County near milepost marker 103.90. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle drifted to the right causing the vehicle to travel off the west roadway edge of US-101. The vehicle collided with a guardrail and traveled in down a steep vegetation covered embankment towards SR-271 before overturning. The vehicle came to rest on its left side blocking both lanes of SR-271. After the collision, it was discovered the saddle fuel tank had been compromised and subsequently approximately 80 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a nearby storm drain. Responding personnel implemented preventative measures to prevent further contamination of the spill, Due to the collision and subsequent spill, both lanes of SR-271 were closed at US-101 for clean-up and recovery of the truck tractor combination.
A unified incident command was established on scene and was comprised of the following agencies: California Highway Patrol, Cal-Trans, Mendocino County Department of Health, and Leggett Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. [The driver was Robert A. Burrus age 49 of Rio Dell. He was uninjured. The passenger is 23-year-old Kyli E. Howard of Eureka. She received minor injuries.]
Earlier Chapter: Big Rig Overturns Off Hwy 101 Near Piercy