TRUCKEE (AP) — The main highway over the Sierra Nevada has reopened in both directions between Truckee and the California-Nevada border after a FedEx truck spilled diesel fuel across all lanes.
California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Prisco says Interstate 80 was shut down after the crash occurred at 6:35 a.m. Friday, but both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane have since reopened.READ MORE: Fire Inside Highway 160 Overpass Points To Dangerous Places People Are Making Their Homes
The driver of the eastbound semitrailer trailer apparently swerved to avoid a deer and hit the south-side guard rail. The truck’s fuel tank ruptured, spilling at least 100 gallons of diesel fuel across the highway.READ MORE: As California's Eviction Ban Ends, Some Protections Remain
Prisco says a crew is cleaning up the hazardous fuel, and no fuel spilled into the Truckee River.
He says the driver wasn’t injured, and the other eastbound lane should reopen by late Friday afternoon.MORE NEWS: 2 Juveniles Detained After Mother, Son Found Critically Injured In Elverta
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