47,000 Pounds of Beer on the Road; Take One Down, Pass It Around?

Semi Truck overturned

Semi Truck overturned on Hwy 299. [Photo provided by Teisha Mechetti]

A big rig is blocking the westbound lane of Hwy 299 west of Big Bar at approximately mile marker 29.8. According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page Redding (but also showing on the Lost Coast Outpost’s CHP information page), the vehicle is loaded with 47,000 pounds of beer. The incident occurred about 5:48 p.m. but as of 6:50 p.m. the big rig and it’s load were still impacting traffic.

While no one was injured, a diesel spill occurred. The spill has been diked so it is “not affecting any drains,” according to the CHP site.

According to another reader, there is heavy westbound traffic.



  • So…free beer?? 😁

  • I’ll be right there! 🙂
    Hope no one is hurt!

  • Well, at least we know that the semis are bringing in our much needed supplies, despite the closure of Hwy 101. Or trying to.

  • Looks like Sierra Nevada…

  • I truly, truly don’t understand. Anyone who has driven 299 knows they need to slow down and be alert. What? A rabbit jumped out in front of his truck??? My friend drives that road, to go see her family, and another friend’s husband drives it toward Eureka a few times a month. Slow down people. These road blocks are going to end up costing this area so much money, which we will feel when we shop.

    • So many people have to come over 299 that do not drive the road … Not to mention cars have a problem staying on there own side of the road…

      • Try living on Highway 36, if you want some more wrecks!!! We get plenty for just that reason people try to take thses hairpin curves like a bat out of… Well anyway!!!

  • Looks like the driver might have been hitting sauce 🤔

  • The one time when you wished you were behind an accident !!! Could have been a hell of a party. Hope the driver’s ok………….

  • Sure has been a Lot of semi wrecks lately .

  • wasnt budweiser, our trucks are white and i just brought a load through there last night 🙂
    bummer deal though,

  • I had a friend who worshipped big rigs. He was semi-religious.

  • How sad! Spilled beer makes me cry.

  • Could be the weather. When there was heavy rain I stayed close to the big rig and let everyone else pass. And then the black ice. So yes trucks slow down no matter how well you know the road.

  • How is it that these big rigs just can’t stay upright on the highway, Geeze!

    • Humanityperished

      Hmmm…. Physics? Probably some where between the first and 3rd law.

    • Do you know how to drive one? All it takes is one tiny movement, or a shift in the load, or another car being an asshole and the trucker trying not to hit the said asshole.

    • Long time traveler

      Looks like there was a sharp right curve coming up! At least he ended up on his side of the road! Lots of rocks come down on 299, especially after rains.

  • calling Homer Simpsons !

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOO! 😭😭😭😭 not the beer

  • That’s about 5000 gallons! Could result in some SWI (swimming while intoxicated) fish.

  • When my son and I came through at 9:30 Ish it was still on its side in the westbound lane. It’s a tricky to spot for sure!

  • People need to stay off the trucks asses, bobbing and weaving like they are gonna try and pass any minute or passing on the double yellow, it’s no wonder that drivers are trying to go fast as cars, I mean really people, also if you would like the trucks to pull over more to let you by then when a driver is nice enough to pull over to let you by, try speeding up so he doesn’t have to grind to a halt at the end of the pull out, that’s why most trucks won’t pull over if their on an uphill grade, it’s a real bitch to get 80,000 lbs moving again. We all share the road, maybe if you four wheelers slowed down to warp speed the trucks wouldn’t be trying to go fast enough so you won’t try to pass where you shouldn’t which endangers everyone. You act like you’re in such a big hurry so we pull over to let you by and you act like you have all day when five seconds earlier you were tailgating, bobbing back and forth like you had an emergency or something, news flash to the me firster libs, you have to share the road you don’t own it!

    • Agree with this. In addition, follow a truck ten or more car lengths back, then as you approach a passing lane, close the distance and pass with extra speed as you reach safe passing spot. Get by quick and before the end of the lane. Don’t shut the truck down at the end of the lane. Your two ton rig is no match for forty tons if the truck runs out of lane and can’t stop. If you don’t know the road and the safe passing areas perhaps you should not be passing. A one or two hour longer road trip is still shorter than eternity. Drive smart, drive safe. This truck driver may not be a 299 driver; 101 was closed yesterday, but he or she may be a skillful driver, as the truck is still on the road and not in the river. Rocks in the road might have been a factor, but not enough details to know.

      • We try to give big rigs as much room as possible in front of us. If we are on the bikes, we hang back, the driver knows we are there, since we relax and hang back, we are usually allowed by at the first safe opportunity.
        When we are in the truck, same same.
        I have pulled a 4 horse stock trailer for years, and I really hate it when people scream up onto my trailer bumper, trying to push me out of the way.
        A pick up and stock trailer may not be a big rig, but when you have 1 to 2 tons of live animals inside, and some a$$hat on your bumper, then another one coming around a blind corner in your lane so you have to hit the brakes, bad things happen.
        This happened to me as I was pulling my horses off the hill 2 weeks ago. I had some nitwit practically pushing my trailer, and then a 4WD pickup came around the blind turn just before you start down garberville hill switchbacks, in MY lane. I was headed to garb, had NO where to go, had to hit the brakes and felt the dreaded ‘stompstompscramble THUD’ in the trailer.
        I could not pull over ANYWHERE until I got into town and was able to pull off, and look inside, what a mess.
        I had to unload one horse, tie her to the off side of my trailer hoping she didn’t start to panic, then hit the quick release on the trailer tie and help my gelding up onto his feet. he was all the way on his side with his legs under my mare.
        Thank goodness he is a fairly steady boy and got to his feet and shook it off.
        A very kind young lady did stop ahead of where I was parked and came back to check to see if I needed help. That was much appreciated.
        I really wish people would realize that live cargo is extremely difficult to transport, and stressful enough without people in a hurry to get their dump trailer load of dirt back to the grow running us off the road or basically trying to kill us with their carelessness.
        That particular day I had 3 different drivers doing this crap. Two of them were playing chicken on the straighter stretches of the alderpoint road, coming from garb while I was headed to garb, a car and a truck, boys playing games with people’s lives. Leap frogging and racing on a short straight stretch and coming right at me going 70mph.
        I lived through that just to have my horse dropped in the trailer by the next speeding death-wisher who decided he had to cut that corner instead of slowing down.
        I wish people would just slow down, if you know you have a long drive because of the route you have to take, leave early enough to allow an extra hour travel time, so you can drive more safely for yourself and others.
        It may mean you have to get up earlier, but you and the other folks on the road will live longer.

    • Thank you for giving me an insight into what it is like to be driving a big rig. This is helpful to make me aware of the challenges you face and how I can be a better driver. This makes us all safer.

  • PARTY FOUL!!!!!!!!! 🍺🍻

  • So many beers, so little time.

  • Alcohol abuse is what that is

  • I also agree with Trucker Don and John’s comments. Rocks in the road, a person on a bicycle, a car crossing the center line in a corner trying to make up for lost time in a detour on a road they are unfamiliar with, or someone who just stops, “OH look at the pretty view off these bluffs honey, lets take a picture!!” which i have seen happen many times, although ther are usually elk involved. My point being, 99% of truck drivers are complete professionals hauling product for us, consumers who rarely consider the variety of hazardous situations that these drivers skillfully negotiate on a daily basis. And on the rare occasion that they are involved in an accident, rest assured they did everything they could to avoid crashing, which is on whole nutha level at 80,000 lbs!! (But the article said 47,000 lbs. No, thats 47,000 lbs of beer+ truck and trailer = approx. 80,000, geniuses), so cut them some slack! Hope no one was injured. Good Day!

  • Truck drivers tend to be the BEST drivers on the road. Otherwise, you’d hear about how they killed people a lot more often. Of course you have to be flexible when driving around the big rigs as they are more prisoners of physics than we are. Drive carefully, folks!

  • Mmmmm, road beer.

  • I’ve driven simis, stock trailers, as well as pulling my personal 3 horse slant load. The Rule of thumb is if you can’t see my side mirrors then I can’t see you. So back off a bit and we will pull over as soon as we safely can. It’s hard enough trying to keep an eye on whats going on in front without having to wonder where the guy in back went to.

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