Multi-vehicle collision leads to fuel and olive oil spill on Interstate 8 lanes in East County

Posted at 8:09 AM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 11:09:22-05

JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS (CNS) - Both lanes of westbound Interstate 8 were shut down early Thursday morning in the mountains of eastern San Diego County after two semitrailers overturned in a collision that spilled olive oil all over the freeway, authorities said.

A pickup truck was also involved in the crash and one person sustained minor injuries when the three vehicles collided about 2:45 a.m. on westbound I- 8 approaching the Carrizo Gorge Road offramp, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.

Caltrans tweeted at 3:15 a.m. that both lanes were blocked. According to the CHP incident log, the closure was expected to be long term due to leaking diesel fuel, one trailer "folded in half and tangled into another trailer," plus leaking olive oil, apparently from one of the overturned trucks.

Cal Fire, one of the agencies responding to the scene, reported there was an unknown amount of diesel spilled and a large amount of olive oil. A CHP officer reported there was "olive oil all over road leaking."

The crash happened on the portion of I-8 that bends closest to the U.S.-Mexico border, east of the Golden Acorn Casino and west of the steep downgrade into the desert. Westbound traffic from the Ocotillo Wells area or Imperial County was being rerouted off the interstate and onto Old Highway 80.

As of 8 a.m., the CHP reported the road cleanup was still ongoing.