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Jackknifed big rig spills fuel, backing up eastbound 50 traffic at Stockton Boulevard

See traffic jam from jackknifed big rig on Highway 50 (7:15 a.m. March 6, 2019)

A big rig jackknifed in the rain and closed lanes on eastbound Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard on March 6, 2019, in Sacramento, California.
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A big rig jackknifed in the rain and closed lanes on eastbound Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard on March 6, 2019, in Sacramento, California.

A jackknifed big rig Wednesday morning closed multiple lanes of eastbound Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard for more than four hours as hazmat crews worked to clear the truck and diesel fuel from the roadway.

The incident was reported on California Highway Patrol logs at 6:25 a.m. Caltrans traffic cameras show traffic was fully reopened just before noon.

The axle of the truck fell from Highway 50 onto Stockton Boulevard below, blocking lanes until just after 7:30 a.m., CHP logs show. The collision also damaging a guardrail and a roadway sign.

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CHP logs indicate that a man was reportedly lying in the ground in the slow lane following the collision, and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene. Sacramento Fire officials said the driver was transported to hospital, but the extent of his injuries were unknown.

About 60 gallons of diesel spilled out of the truck, and other debris flew from the truck, hitting a fence, according to CHP’s incident log.



Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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