Saturday, November 18 , 2017, 4:54 pm | Fair 65º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Tractor-Trailer Overturns on Highway 101 Near Gaviota Tunnel

The driver sustains minor injuries when the rig goes off the road, rolls and ruptures a fuel tank

A truck rollover shut down the southbound lanes of Highway 101 near the Gaviota Tunnel shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

A semi-tractor-trailer overturned and ruptured a fuel tank on Highway 101, one-quarter mile north of the Gaviota State Beach turnoff, according to Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Two fire engines, a battalion chief and an air ambulance responded to the scene, where the big rig had been carrying a flatbed full of copper utility cables before it went off the road for unknown reasons, Sadecki said.

The truck's driver sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene, and a helicopter and ambulance called earlier were canceled.

One fire engine was still on scene around 3 p.m. assisting with the truck's diesel fuel leak, which was causing fuel to spill into a nearby creek.

Sadecki said that the Department of Fish & Wildlife had been contacted about the spill, and that the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans were also on scene.

The No. 2 lane of the highway will remain closed until a heavy tow truck can arrive on scene and right the semi-truck, Sadecki said, estimating that fire crews would remain on scene for the next two to three hours.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at [email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >