A big rig carrying 7,000 gallon of jet fuel rolled off a cliff on Interstate 80 near Dutch Flat in Placer County and left the driver dead Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
According to a press release from the Gold Run CHP, the driver failed to make a turn in the roadway at about 5:50 a.m. The truck veered onto the shoulder, continued down a dirt embankment and rolled over before coming to rest on its side.
The driver was a 64-year-old man from Antelope, according to the CHP. His name is not yet available.
The truck rolled roughly 300 feet and broke “several trees,” CHP spokesman Chris Nave said.
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The truck started leaking fuel, and a hazardous materials crew was called to the scene.
“Diesel everywhere,” an entry in the incident information log read. “Large scale spill.”
Nave estimated the crash cleanup would take crews all day, as a result of the fuel spill and the truck’s distance down the hill.
“It’s going to be an extensive recovery,” Nave said.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, Placer County Water District and a coroner were called to the scene.
No lanes of Interstate 80 were closed as a result of the crash.