Sacto 9-1-1
March 4, 2013
UPDATE: Overturned tanker removed, Highway 70 to reopen

Highway 70 BEiSF3fCcAEaZQO.jpgA spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports that an overturned tanker truck has been safely removed and a section of HIighway 70 is reopening after a 16-hour closure.

The highway was closed between Ramirez and Magnolia roads north of Marysville following the 6:30 a.m. crash and traffic was diverted.

Firefighers stood by throughout the afternoon and evening in case of fire as a specialized crew offloaded 8,000 gallons of fuel, according to Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire spokesman.

The California Highway Patrol reported that the tanker and a pickup crashed between Ramirez and Magnolia roads about 6:30 a.m., and the pickup caught fire.

The tanker truck did not catch fire, but ended up in a ditch on its side. The tanker's load had to drained before the tanker could be righted and be towed away.

The CHP reported minor injuries to the motorists involved.

Photo courtesy California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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