Traffic stalled at Donner after big rig hauling nitric acid flips on I-80
August 16, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Interstate 80 at Donner Summit could be fully reopened to through traffic by 3:30 p.m. Thursday, hours after a big rig flipped and spilled fuel on the main highway between Truckee and Sacramento, an official said.
At about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the rig with a set of double trailers crashed into the center median area of I-80, in the eastbound lane, near the Donner Lake Interchange, said California Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Billings.
The driver suffered minor injuries, Billings said; the cause of the collision is still being investigated.
and#8220;The big rig ended up on its side, causing a fuel spill of (about) 55 gallons from one of its fuel tanks,and#8221; he said. and#8220;The fuel was contained and didnand#8217;t create any environmental hazards. The big rig was also hauling (about) 5.5 gallons of a hazardous material … in the rear trailer.and#8221;
The hazardous material has been identified as nitric acid, Billings said; there is no evidence it spilled.
Due to the circumstances, eastbound I-80 was shut down at the Soda Springs exit, Billings said. CHP officers and Caltrans officials have since been diverting traffic onto Old Highway 40.