Roads reopening after diesel spill Friday

Posted at 4:32 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 19:47:23-04

The southbound stretch of Morena Boulevard Street reopened Saturday after a tanker truck crash Friday that spilled diesel fuel in the Morena neighborhood near Mission Valley West, closing Morena in both directions, according to authorities.

Officials expect the northbound stretch of Morena Boulevard between Taylor Street to the south and Linda Vista Road to the north to reopen sometime after sundown Saturday.

Friars Road between Sea World Drive and Napa Street was also closed due to the spill and expected to reopen Sunday.

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Both streets were expected to reopen Sunday.

A tanker truck carrying several thousand gallons of diesel fuel overturned and landed on its side as it was exiting westbound Interstate 8 to the northbound Morena Boulevard bridge.

The driver was injured and an unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled into the San Diego River below.

The crash was reported just before 6 p.m., prompting a hazardous materials response, and closure of on- and offramps to and from Interstate 8 overnight, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver got out of the truck on his own, but suffered a head wound and was transported to a hospital by paramedics.

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