Overturned truck in Toro Canyon cuts gas and water lines

Driver taken to Cottage Hospital

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A messy start to the Monday morning commute through a windy road in Santa Barbara County, just outside Summerland.

A man driving a construction truck clipped the side of Toro Canyon Road while traveling up a hill on the 400 block just after 8:00 a.m., causing the box truck to flip on its side, leaving the driver trapped.

The weight of the truck broke a natural gas pipe line and a water main in the area, as well as the truck's gas tank. Ten gallons of gasoline spilled out onto the road.

Carpinteria-Summerland Fire crews responded, along with Cal trans officials who shut down Toro Canyon Road from Ortega Ridge to Foothill Rd until the gas was turned off.

The truck driver was taken to Cottage Hospital with minor injuries.

Montecito water district and SOCAL gas crews spent hours cleaning up the mess and assessing damage to the water and gas lines.

The truck was towed and the road reopened before 2:00 p.m.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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