Nov 13 2015
Highway 138 closed after truck and big rig collide
LANCASTER - Highway 138 north of Lancaster was closed for four hours Thursday after a big rig collided with a stakebed truck, then hit a utility pole.
The 9 a.m. collision at 60th Street West spilled onto the highway and the adjoining desert at least 80 gallons of diesel fuel, qualifying as a hazardous materials incident that required cleanup by hazmat workers.
"The right side tank on that big rig ruptured when the collision occurred," California Highway Patrol Officer Pablo Torres said. "If you have a spill here on the roadway, if it's less than 42 gallons, as long as it's contained in the roadway, then it's not considered a hazmat spill. But any spill that you get on land, any amount of spill, it's considered a hazmat spill."
No injuries were reported. Torres said the crash is under investigation as officials received conflicting statements from the drivers in regards to who was at fault for the crash.
Both trucks were traveling west approaching 60th Street West on Highway 138, which is also designated Avenue D, when they collided for an unknown reason, Torres said.
The big rig went out of control, veered onto the eastbound lane and hit a wooden utility pole.
CalTrans and hazmat workers responded to clean up the diesel fuel. Southern California Edison workers arrived to stabilize the utility pole, which was severely splintered from the impact. A new pole was brought in to replace it.
Officials rerouted traffic onto Avenue I around the wreck.
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