Gasoline Truck Accident

A fuel tanker truck collided on Interstate I-15 in Cajon Pass, causing traffic chaos that persisted fifteen hours after the accident. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in the northbound lane of I-15, north of Kenwood Avenue. San Bernardino County firefighters found a gasoline tanker truck that had crashed and had fallen approximately 50 to 75 feet off the highway. The truck had spilled approximately 60 gallons of fuel and was carrying a load of approximately 8,000 gallons of gasoline, leading to the incident being declared as a hazardous materials incident. In response, firefighters worked closely with law enforcement and the fuel transportation company to transfer the product to another tanker truck. Using specialized equipment, they carefully drilled into each tank and transferred the fuel to the new tanker truck, prioritizing safety amid the risks of flammability and environmental hazards, as explained by Battalion Chief Mike McClintock. After more than 6 hours of hard work, firefighters successfully transferred over 8,650 gallons of fuel from the crashed tanker truck. One person was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with moderate injuries, and a Nissan Altima with significant damage to the left side was towed from the scene. Cleanup efforts will continue on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., affecting lane #6 and the shoulder, according to Caltrans. Cleaning is crucial ahead of the upcoming storm, expected Thursday night into Friday, to prevent any further impact on the environment and road safety.  
Location: 34°14'31.3"N 117°25'54.6"W, I-15, San Bernardino, CA 92407, USA
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