Timber Cove, CA – August 16, 2017 – Last night at 10:37 PM a tanker truck carrying gasoline and
diesel rolled onto its side on Highway 1 near the Salt Point State Park
entrance. Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department’s Hazardous
Materials Response Team responded in coordination with Timber Cove Fire, North
Sonoma Coast Fire, Santa Rosa Fire, CALFIRE, California Highway Patrol and
CalTrans. The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel
The driver was not injured in the rollover accident.
Approximately 1,500 gallons of fuel leaked from the ruptured tank. No
waterways were impacted by this leak. Per protocol, the trucking company hired
contractor to perform clean up and sent a truck to recover the remaining fuel.
Once on scene, Sonoma County’s Hazmat Team performed a stinger
operation. A stinger operation punctures the overturned tank and transfers fuel
to the awaiting recovery truck. Fire and HazMat crews remained on scene until
the fuel transfer was complete and vehicle was removed.
A representative from Sonoma County HazMat and CalTrans will
remain on scene as the contractor conducts clean up. This clean up includes
removing contaminated surfaces and soils and repairing any damage done during
the accident or clean up.
Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department’s
Hazardous Materials Response Team is one of two teams in North Bay that have
completed the rigorous typing process and received a CalOES Type 2
rating. The team is comprised of volunteers and paid county staff. The
last tanker rollover the team responded to was in Bodega in 2016.
For additional information, please contact Emergency
Coordinator Zachary Hamill, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services
Department: (707) 565-1152.