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I-15 Cajon Pass Fuel Truck Crash Causes Extended Traffic Delays and Prompts Hazmat Response

CAJON PASS, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A fuel truck collision on the I-15 freeway in the Cajon Pass, continues to cause a traffic nightmare fifteen hours after the accident was first reported.

It happened at about 12:45 am, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, on the northbound I-15, north of Kenwood Avenue.

San Bernardino County Firefighters arrived to find a gasoline tanker truck that had crashed and careened approximately 50-75 feet off the I-15 freeway.

(Photo courtesy of Caltrans District 8)

Upon investigation crews found the truck had spilled approximately 60 gallons of fuel and carrying a load of approximately 8,000 gallons of gasoline. Due to the hazards involved, the call was balanced to a Hazardous Materials Incident.

According to officials at Caltrans, 1,000 gallons of unleaded fuel was discharged from the semi. Luckily, the spill was captured in a catch basin.

“Specially trained firefighters worked closely with law enforcement and the fuel trucking company to offload the product to an additional tanker truck. Firefighters utilized special equipment to safely drill in to each tank and transfer fuel to the new tanker truck. Flammability & environmental concerns were a top priority,” stated Battalion Chief Mike McClintock.

Firefighters successfully offloaded more the 8650 gallons of fuel from the crashed tanker truck. The process took more than 6 hours to safely complete. Once the hazards were mitigated, the scene was turned over to CALTRANS, CHP & tow company for clean-up. 

(Photo courtesy of Caltrans District 8)

One person was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with moderate injuries. A Nissan Altima with major left-side damage was towed away from the scene.

Caltrans said crews will continue cleanup efforts on Wednesday, from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM, and the operation will impact the #6 lane and shoulder.

“Expedited cleanup is essential prior to the upcoming storm Thursday night into Friday,” stated Caltrans officials.


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