A big rig crash and fire on northbound Highway 99 near Twin Cities Road tied up traffic for hours today and forced the closure of the right lane through the night to repair asphalt, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the crash occurred about 2 p.m., when a big rig carrying salsa was cut off by a another vehicle.
The truck driver took evasive action and lost control of the big rig, which struck a guard rail, punching a hole in the gas tank.
The leaking fuel began to catch fire and flowed into storm drains, creating a hazardous materials situation.
Two other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver of one of the vehicles complained of pain and was transported to a hospital.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
The left lane of northbound Highway 99 reopened shortly after 4 p.m. but the right lane remained close for the emergency repairs.
Motorists are advised to use Interstate 5 or other alternate routes.
Photo courtesy Cosumnes Fire Department