Overturned gasoline tanker in San Rafael closes road, causes strong odor, police say

Bay City News
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Overturned gasoline tanker in San Rafael causes strong odor: police
Police say there's no need for evacuations after a tanker truck overturned in San Rafael's Terra Linda neighborhood, but advise people to close their windows because of the odor.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Police closed a roadway in San Rafael due to a tanker truck that overturned onto its side early Tuesday morning.

The portion of Northgate Drive between Manuel T. Freitas Parkway and Las Gallinas Avenue was closed following the truck's mishap, the San Rafael Police Department said on social media around 5:30 a.m.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes, as there is no estimated time for reopening the roadway.

According to police, they received calls about a partially overturned fuel truck in the area shortly before 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers saw the rear fuel tanker trailer was on its side with fuel leaking out of the vehicle.

The leak was controlled with sand barriers and a hazardous materials team was sent to clean up the spilled fuel while authorities called for help for the gasoline tanker to be raised back up, according to police.

The driver was not injured and cooperated with first responders, said police, who added there are no evacuations required at present.

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