Authorities shut down U.S. 199 Tuesday to clean up a fuel spill following a non-injury collision involving a Toyota Land Cruiser and a semi.
The driver of the 1998 green Land Cruiser was about a half mile ahead of the semi south of French Hill Road at about 11:26 a.m. when she drifted to the left across the northbound lane, colliding with a guardrail on the shoulder, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
The impact caused the Land Cruiser to block both the north and southbound lanes of U.S. 199. As a result the semi jackknifed and came to rest blocking the all lanes, according to the news release.
The collision punctured the right side of the semi’s fuel tank, releasing diesel fuel onto the highway’s southbound shoulder. Caltrans responded to the fuel spill and was assisted by the Gasquet Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service.
The CHP established one-way traffic control at about 12:54 p.m. to clean the fuel spill. Both lanes of the highway were reopen at about 2:57 p.m.