An accident involving a big rig that tipped over in the Santa Ynez Valley caused the closure of westbound Highway 154 for several hours on Monday.
At approximately noon, personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene at Highways 154 and 246, County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said.
A front tire on the tractor-trailer’s cab reportedly blew out while the vehicle entered the roundabout, causing the vehicle to flip onto its side, he said.
The driver was uninjured, Bertucelli said.
The intermodal container truck was en route to Santa Maria from the Port of Los Angeles.
The crash led to a hazmat incident because some fluids from the 18-wheeler’s cab neared storm drains in the area, Bertucelli said, but the fluids were quickly contained.
He said it was not known what the truck’s container carried since it did not have obvious placards claiming hazardous materials were aboard.
Highway 154 was closed at Cathedral Oaks Road on the Santa Barbara side due to the crash and cleanup, but local residents were allowed access.
Authorities did not say how long they expected the Highway 154 lanes to remain closed.