Diesel Cleanup Necessary After Crash of Cream Carrying Truck Today
Press release from the California Highway Patrol Office (See Tanker Overturned in the Area of Richardson Grove for more on the story):
On February 11, 2017 at approximately 0530 hours, a 2012 Peterbilt tractor towing a tanker trailer loaded with heavy cream (dairy product) driven by Delbert Moore [age 77 of Eureka], was traveling north on US-101 just north of the entrance to Richardson Grove State Park. For reasons still under investigation, Moore allowed the semi truck and trailer to run off the east side of the US-101 and collide with several redwood trees. The tractor and tanker trailer partially overturned and came to rest against several trees. Moore was extricated from the vehicle with assistance from CHP personnel. He sustained minor injuries during the collision. As a result of this collision, the fuel tanks were compromised and approximately 50 gallons of diesel leaked into the dirt embankment under the tractor. The tank trailer containing the heavy cream was off loaded prior to recovery.
Cal-Trans, Humboldt County Environmental Health, State Parks, and CHP responded and assisted at the scene. Cleanup efforts of the contaminated dirt is being coordinated by Humboldt County Environmental Health and Cal-trans.
US-101 was limited to one way controlled traffic at times to facilitate the recovery of the tractor and trailer. During the actually recovery, it was necessary to close US-101 in both directions for approximately 40 minutes.
This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Office.