Tanker crash, fuel spill on Donner Summit
TRUCKEE, Calif. – A major highway through the Sierra Nevada is closed because of an overturned tanker truck that is spilling gallons of fuel – potentially putting Donner Lake at risk – east of Donner Summit.
According to California Highway Patrol’s incident website, the tanker was driving eastbound on 80 when it overturned at about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The website described the roadway as slick with snow. There were no reports of injuries. CHP said 2,600 gallons of diesel fuel is spilling from the truck and trickling toward Donner Lake.
Eastbound traffic was being halted at Colfax, and motorists were being advised to consider using Highway 50 to the south. Westbound traffic was not affected.
Highway patrol estimates re-opening traffic at 11 a.m., according to the website.
Nevada County Environmental Health confirmed the accident and was responding, but offered no further details as of 9 a.m.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.