Highway 70 opens after big-rig accident
Emergency responders work to move an overturned tractor-trailer off the roadway on Highway 70 Thursday. The accident closed the highway to traffic in both directions. Photo by Will Farris.
Highway 70, about five miles west of the Highway 89 junction near Paxton, re-opened to one-way controlled traffic at 1:55 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
One lane is open as workers try to clean up debris from a tractor-trailer that crashed at 10:10 a.m. According to the CHP, the big-rig was up-righted and moved to the side of the road.
The tractor-trailer, which was carrying scrap metal to Oakland, jack-knifed and rolled onto its side. The toppled big rig blocked both lanes of traffic and spread its cargo over the roadway.
The driver of the vehicle was reportedly transferred to Plumas District Hospital with unknown injuries.
The CHP reported the driver and truck were from Newhall. The driver was reportedly reaching for a soda and drove the truck off the road and into the hillside, causing the accident.
A Hazmat team was on the scene because some of the big rig’s diesel fuel was leaking from the vehicle.
Highway 70 is closed in both directions, about five miles west of the Highway 89 junction (Greenville Wye) because of an overturned big rig.
The accident happened about 10:30 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer was carrying scrap metal, which is scattered on the roadway.
The CHP said the driver was injured, but was reportedly out of the vehicle.
The CHP, Caltrans and emergency responders are on the scene. One-way, controlled traffic will begin as soon as the debris is cleared from the road.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.