At 9:35am on April 26, 2013 a tanker truck carrying gasoline and diesel fuel overturned on State Route 38, one mile east of Angelus Oaks.
The rear trailer of the tanker truck spilled approx. 2900 gallons of gasoline and 1700 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway. Fuel from the spill contaminated the soil at the shoulder of the highway and has entered Cold Creek.
Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department, the US Forest Service and CalFire responded and worked closely with the California Highway Patrol to stop additional fuel from leaking as well as reducing the threat of a fire.
In addition to firefighters, hazardous materials experts from the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, San Bernardino County, the US Forest Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded and have worked hand-in-hand to quickly start clean-up efforts both on the highway and in the creek. As part of the clean-up, contaminated soil is being removed and a mobile lab is on site, testing the soil and water samples.
Once the remaining fuel was removed from the tanks, heavy tow trucks were able upright both the trailer and truck and remove them from the scene. At that point, crews began the process of removing the contamintated soil. The right shoulder of the up bound lane of State Highway 38 was removed, and contaminated soil to the depth of fourteen feet was removed and hauled away. Clean soil was brought in and contractors replaced the pavement and re-striped the roadway. Once the work was complete on the highway, Caltrans was able to open the road early Monday evening.
Now that the roadway is open, motorists need to exercise caution in the area, since clean-up crews will be working along the highway. At times, the roadway may be subject to temporary lane closures.
Contractors will continue working in Cold Creek to mitigate and clean up diesel and gasoline in the creek. As part of the clean-up, 4000 gallon water trucks are flushing clean water into the creek to clean out residual contaminants. Two temporary dams have been constructed, allowing clean-up crews to use absorbent materials to capture residual diesel and gas.
During the closure, State Highway 38 was closed to all traffic from Angelus Oaks to Camp Cedar Falls near Barton Flats, and Middle Control Road was also closed. Middle Control Road may be closed for short periods due to clean-up efforts. The Santa Ana River Trail also was closed through the weekend.
|Incident Type||Hazardous Materials|
|Date of Origin||Friday April 26th, 2013 approx. 09:30 AM|
|Location||East of Angelus Oaks|
|Incident Commander||Unified Command|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday May 03rd, 2013 approx. 06:00 PM|
Assessment and clean-up continues on the contamination down Cold Creek and the Santa Ana River
Most of the contaminated soil adjacent to the highway (318 cubic yards or 18 truck loads) has been removed. New pavement in place, the highway is open. Over the weekend the creek was flushed with water to clean out residual contaminants. Crews have installed dams downstream to absorb any residual diesel/gas.
Crews continue to assess the spread of fuel downstream