MC-331 Overturns Carrying Propane, Shuts Down Major Highway, Evacuations Occur

Bay City News

 

A major highway has been reopened, and voluntary evacuations have been cancelled after a semi truck was uprighted, haz-mat, CHP said.

All highways have been reopened in San Jose after a propane tanker overturned on the Interstate Highway 280 on ramp to Interstate Highway 880 Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. The tanker flipped around 6:30 p.m. and authorities quickly shut down the affected roads, causing major delays for drivers all night and into this morning. Interstate Highway 280 was closed in both directions. Northbound state Highway 17 and southbound Interstate Highway 880 were also closed for the crash.

It took crews more than seven hours to get the tanker upright again and out of traffic. They started reopening the highways around 1:45 a.m.  Authorities haven’t said what caused the tanker to crash or if anyone was injured. The tanker truck is filled with 8,600 gallons of propane, according to CHP. The protocol on flammable fuel is to clear a half mile radius which is why 880 and 280 were cleared.

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