Big Rig Overturns, Spills Frozen Food On I-80 In Pinole
Get Breaking News First
Trending Stories On CBS SF
Wildfire In Northern California Town Of Weed Burns 100 Homes, At Least 1,500 Evacuated
Hurricane Odile Slams Into Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula Near Cabo San Lucas
Notorious Ex-Cocaine Kingpin George Jung Out of Prison, Living In San Francisco
What Was That Strange Streak Of Light In The Bay Area Sky Friday Morning?
Mysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters To Chop Down NorCal Marijuana Grows
PINOLE (CBS SF) — A big-rig carrying a large shipment of frozen food to a local Trader Joe’s store overturned along westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Pinole Thursday morning, causing heavy traffic, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The CHP was notified of the incident around 3:45 a.m. on westbound I-80 east of Pinole Valley Road, Officer John Fransen said.
The far right lane of westbound I-80 was still blocked as of 8:45 a.m. as emergency crews worked to remove the frozen food from the truck to lighten the load before towing the big-rig from the scene, he said.
The driver told the CHP that he lost control when another vehicle swerved into his lane, causing the truck to go up an embankment, Fransen said. In the process, the truck struck an abandoned vehicle, he said.
The crews working to remove the big-rig, which was on its side, were also trying to prevent diesel from spilling out of the truck to avoid a hazardous materials situation, Fransen said.
The scene was expected to be cleared by 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., he said.
(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)