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Gas spill shuts down portion of Interstate 40

STAFF WRITER

LUDLOW • A gas spill forced authorities to shut down Interstate 40 in both directions Wednesday.

A semitrailer was traveling east on I-40 when for unknown reasons it left the roadway, landed in a ditch and overturned at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday night, California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said. 

 The truck’s tank, containing an unknown amount of liquefied petroleum, ruptured in multiple locations and spilled the gas onto the dirt center divider on the interstate, according to Spiker.

The spill forced Caltrans to shut down the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-40 between Hector and Ludlow roads and National Trails Highway at about midnight as the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team worked to clean up the gas.

Spiker said the unidentified driver was not transported to any hospital and was treated on the scene for minor injuries.

At approximately 10:19 a.m. Wednesday, traffic began flowing as authorities opened one lane in each direction, Spiker said.

Spiker said one lane was still closed as of 1:45 p.m. but traffic was moving at full speed.


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