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Jackknifed big rig on Highway 50 closes several lanes, results in diesel spill

A jackknifed FedEx big rig shut down the right two lanes of eastbound Highway 50 and caused several gallons of diesel to spill onto the roadway and into a nearby drain Saturday morning, Michael Bradley, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The Highway 99 northbound connector onto eastbound Highway 50 was also closed following the crash.

The crash was first reported to CHP at around 7:18 a.m., east of Stockton Boulevard. The cause of the incident is being investigated by officers at the scene, Bradley said.

“It was raining and for an unknown reason at this point, the vehicle jackknifed, causing the big rig to leave the roadway and strike the concrete guardrail on the freeway,” he said.

Bradley said the FedEx big rig was hauling two empty cabs. The crash caused the big rig to lose one of its fuel tanks in the process, spilling into a nearby drain.

The driver of the big rig was not hurt. Bradley says crews are working to clear the area by around 11:30 a.m.

To demonstrate hydroplane conditions and how to recover, CHP Officer Dan Wright takes The Sacramento Bee for a spin on the academy's hazardous-conditions track in West Sacramento. Cut the risk of hydroplaning by reducing speeds.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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