Crash involving oil tanker truck shuts down U.S. 101 in Goleta area

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A Friday night crash involving a fully-loaded, oil tanker truck and a blue 2001 Lincoln LS prompted the closure of northbound U.S. Highway 101 near the Turnpike off-ramp.

The California Highway Patrol says the Lincoln LS was traveling on Highway 101 when the driver crashed into the center median before going across all lanes of traffic and into the tanker truck.

The collision caused the tanker truck to overturn on its side and block two lanes of traffic.

Gasoline began leaking onto the highway and into a french drain in the center divider soon after the wreck. A Hazmat crew was called out to assist cleaning up the spill.

Authorities closed northbound lanes near Turnpike for public safety and estimate the highway will re-open by 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Unfortunately, the gasoline disintegrated the concrete, according to CHP who had been re-routing traffic off Highway 101 onto surface streets to go around the site of the wreck.

Caltrans crews worked for hours repaving the area affected by the gasoline spill.

CHP says one person in the Lincoln LS suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene. The driver of the tanker truck was not injured, CHP says.

Hazmat crews will remain on scene until the clean-up is completed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the CHP.

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