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  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    The driver of a fire engine ran off the side of the Interstate 80 along the Yolo Causeway this morning when his rig suffered a tire blowout.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    A fire truck lies in a ditch below the Yolo Causeway of Interstate 80, where it crashed on Monday. The engine, from the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, suffered a tire blowout.

Fire engine crash backs up traffic on I-80 after blowout

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 - 11:29 am

The driver of a fire engine ran off the side of the Interstate 80 along the Yolo Causeway this morning when his rig suffered a tire blowout.

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. today when the firefighter driver was eastbound on I-80. A California Highway Patrol officer said that a tire apparently failed, sending the vehicle about 200 feet off the roadway where the causeway is not elevated by a bridge.

The fire engine was from the California Medical Facility in Vacaville and was not on a call, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The rig went off the freeway, down an embankment and ended up in a drainage canal. The driver suffered a minor injury.

Traffic was slowed across the causeway for several hours.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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