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UPDATED: Semi Truck Carrying Hot Asphalt Overturns On 15 Freeway In Lake Elsinore

A tire blowout is to blame for the crash that injured one, according to a CHP spokesman.

Crews work to clean the spill caused by Tuesday's crash on southbound I-15.  Photo/Daniel Lane
Crews work to clean the spill caused by Tuesday's crash on southbound I-15. Photo/Daniel Lane

UPDATED: A tire blowout is to blame for the crash that caused a tractor trailer truck carrying hot asphalt to overturn on southbound Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore this morning, a spokesman with the California Highway Patrol is reporting.

The crash was reported at approximately 7:20 a.m., just north of Central, according to California Highway Patrol officer Travis Monks.

The adult male truck driver was traveling in the #3 lane at an unknown speed when he experienced the blowout on his rig, Monks explained. The incident caused him to crash into the center divide and overturn. During the crash, a load of hot asphalt and approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled onto the roadway, Monks continued.

The driver, whose identity has not been released, was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

All lanes on the southbound 15 are blocked at press time and a SigAlert issued; Monks expects lanes to open at approximately 11 a.m. today. Traffic is being diverted onto Nichols Road and the freeway shoulder.

Caltrans has been on scene mopping up the asphalt, and Monks said Double Barrel Environmental Services -- a hazardous materials cleanup company -- was contacted by the driver's company to mop up the fuel spill.

Monks said drivers who experience blowouts should remember these safety tips: Do not brake but do take your foot off the gas pedal, do not overcorrect the steering and instead try to keep the vehicle straight, and pull over to the right shoulder when safe. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.


Elfbkr January 28, 2014 at 01:38 PM
As you can imagine traffic on Collier was a nightmare. The signal at Riverside Dr is geared to move the highway 74 traffic. There was a cop on the northbound side of Collier sitting there with his thumb up his |[]*<\ watching the traffic inching along. That a way Lake Elsinore!
Charlie Garvin January 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM
At 9:45 southbound traffic was backed up to Lake Street. Glad I was travelling North.
Sew Good January 28, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Who's the Ass at Phault? :D
Elfbkr January 28, 2014 at 04:55 PM
The guy who decided to put recaps on the truck.
Jose Espinoza January 30, 2014 at 01:52 AM
THERES NO RECAPS ON FRONT TIRES OF A SEMI DUMB ASS
Brenda February 04, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Jose, you must be very YOUNG, besides calling people names which is childish, immature, stupid in itself, anyone who needs tires bad enough will put retreads/recaps ON FRONT middle rear, they do not care. They get what they can get by with some of these truckers. That is why most truckers hate some other truckers who do retreads, run their trucks into the ground, take drugs, and lie in their books. No one knows for sure why it happened number 1, or which tire blew out. One thing for SURE, if the man had known what to do when a tire blows out he would have done as monk said, let off gas and hold onto wheel, NOT over steer~!~ Every flip you will see, or most will be because a driver yanked the wheel left or right, especially the EZ2Roll vehicles.
Joe February 06, 2014 at 11:28 AM
It was the front tire u can see it in the picture. Kinda looks like a retread to me but who knows

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