Fuel Tanker Wreck Shuts Northbound 101 In Cotati For Several Hours

ROHNERT PARK (CBS SF) – All lanes of northbound U.S. Highway 101 have reopened Thursday night after a tanker crash caused a fuel spill that closed the roadway Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

All lanes were reopened around 7:35 p.m. this evening, according to the CHP. One lane reopened earlier in the day.

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The northbound lanes were shut down after a crash involving a fuel tanker and another big-rig around 6:30 a.m.

The collision, which happened north of state Highway 116 in Cotati, caused a significant amount of fuel to spill from the tanker, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The fuel tanker was stopped in traffic when another big-rig swerved to avoid it and clipped a fuel pipe or piece of equipment on the tanker, Sloat said.

Between 1,200 and 1,500 gallons of fuel spilled, and the fuel will have to be sucked from the roadway before it is known whether there is enough damage to require repaving, Sloat said.

Traffic was diverted onto Highway 116 and back onto northbound Highway 101 at Rohnert Park Expressway, Sloat said.

Construction is underway in the area for a roadway-widening project.

No injuries were reported in the crash.

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  • John Blausey

    Actually there was an estimate.
    The estimate was on line 36 of the CHP report that said approx 6 hours. That was issued at 8:33 AM

    It might help to give alternate roads as well. Stony Point to the west or Petaluma Hill Rd to the East.

    Nice try at reporting though.

  • Michael Aschoff

    A map would be really helpful … they used to have those when they reported in these things called newspapers that we used to have …

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