SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) –A tanker truck crash has blocked a portion of one of Marin County’s main traffic arteries Monday, creating a backup that extended across the Richmond Bridge throughout the day.
Sir Francis Drake Blvd. was closed in both directions shortly after 7 a.m. near San Quentin State Prison. as of Monday afternoon and the roadway might not be reopened until 10 p.m., according to the CHP.
The KCBS Traffic map shows an extremely heavy backup onto the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge the crash scene.
About ten homes in San Quentin Village were evacuated as a precaution due to the leak. The community, which is adjacent to the prison, sits just off the roadway. About 40 residents there have been asked to temporarily move out of the area.
According to authorities, most of the fuel is mow out of the first tank but that the second tanker will have to be offloaded and that may a “long time.”
“You just never know,” said CHP Office Patrick Roth. “If you get a spark that comes out of that truck, we got 1,700 gallons of gasoline that’s going to ignite.”
The CHP says access to the nearby Larkspur Ferry Terminal is not affected, but traffic accessing the parking lot is very heavy.
Highway 101 traffic through Marin did not appear to be significantly delayed by the wreck.
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