Truck carrying milk crashes down

July 29, 2008 10:24:16 AM PDT
A big rig that crashed over the side of a Marin County roadway Monday night left crews cleaning the area and pumping milk from the vehicle until it was light enough to be righted and removed this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big rig crashed around 8:30 p.m. Monday off the side of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road in unincorporated Marin County, CHP Officer Robert Haven said. The cab of the big rig apparently remained on the roadway, but the cargo trailer crashed an estimated 40 feet down a roadside embankment, according to Haven.

The driver of the big rig was unharmed, but the vehicle's cargo of about 2,000 gallons of milk prevented crews from moving it back onto the roadway, Haven said. A separate truck responded to pump milk from the overturned trailer, which resulted in a cleanup operation for the crash that stretched into this morning.

Point Reyes-Petaluma Road was closed from San Antonio Road north of the Sonoma County border south to Hicks Valley Road in Marin County from about 11:15 p.m. Monday until around 4:40 a.m. today.