Yuba County responds to HAZMAT with extrication needed


HMN-The driver of a tanker in Yuba County after being extricated Thursday morning.  The rollover prompted not only rescue calls,  but HAZMAT as well, as fuel leaked from the tanker.  The Mercury Register provides more.

Marysville >> A fuel tanker rolled off the side of Highway 20 outside of Marysville Thursday morning after the driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel, the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver, whose identity has not yet been released, had to be extricated from the big rig and life-flighted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

“A tanker big rig full of fuel headed from Sacramento to Browns Valley for a delivery rolled over the south side of the roadway and ended up in a drainage/irrigation ditch,” said CHP officer Kurt Kusick. “The driver claims he fell asleep early this morning around 6:45 a.m. He had minor to moderate injuries and was life-flighted to UC Davis.”

The driver was reportedly the owner and operator of the fuel tanker.

Following the crash that occurred near Plantz Road, CHP and Caltrans shutdown Highway 20 from East 22nd Street to Hallwood Boulevard.

The Marysville Hazardous Incident Response Unit and Yuba City Fire Department Hazmat Team aided in the road clean-up. Crews also had to dam an irrigation ditch that ran along the road because fuel from the tanker was spilling into it.

Kusick said the fuel tanker was the only vehicle involved in the incident.

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