Freight Stolen From the Big Rig Wreck Last Night Probably Destined for Dump
After the items were left beside the road, a several folks scavenged through the items and scampered off with their plunder. Was this kosher?
Well, Garberville CHP Officer Jason Taylor tells us that technically it is against the law to take the products left there, most probably, the items would have to be destroyed.
“They were not supposed to take it,” he explained, but, he also said that the freight left beside the road was probably destined for the dump.
A press release from the California Highway Patrol gives more details:
On February 09, 2017, at approximately 1820 hours, a 2008 Peterbilt tractor towing a 43 foot box trailer loaded with approximately 40 thousand pounds of freight was traveling northbound on US-101 at Standish Hickey State Park. The vehicle was being driven by 63 year old Ronnie Tallman. For reason still under investigation, Tallman made an unsafe turning movement to the right which caused the vehicle to travel off the east roadway edge of US-101 and enter a drainage ditch. The semi-truck collided with a drainage culvert causing damage to the engine. The box trailer overturned causing the freight to spill along the east shoulder of US-101. As a result of the damage to the engine approximately 5 gallons of motor oil and 1 gallon of diesel fuel leaked into the storm drain.
Cal-Trans, Cal-Fire, Mendocino County Environmental Health, Fish and Game, and PG-E responded and assisted at the scene.
US-101 was closed in both directions at approximately 15 minutes for cleanup and recovery of the tractor and trailer.
This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol Garberville Office.