King Harbor sardines topple off big rig on 215 Freeway
A load of sardines from the King Harbor fish die-off in Redondo Beach toppled off a big rig on the 215 Freeway near Colton during Friday afternoon rush hour, creating a traffic nightmare and prompting the closure of all but one of the northbound lanes.
The dead fish were being taken to a facility in Victorville to be turned into fertilizer when the spill occurred, causing treacherous road conditions on the freeway and creating a 10-mile-long traffic jam, said Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga.
"The biggest problem we have right now is that the roadway is so slippery," Kasinga said.
Crews also ran out of a special absorbent they use to clean up oil and other slick material that spills on the freeway, and are awaiting replenishments, she said.
The spill occurred about 3:20 p.m. near the Mount Vernon Avenue offramp. Caltrans hopes to have the spill cleaned up by 6:30 p.m.
Workers at King Harbor in Redondo Beach so far have scooped up 35 tons of dead fish from the marina.
-- Phil Willon
Photo: Dead sardines from King Harbor in Redondo Beach are loaded into a container to be trucked to a recycling facility, where they will be turned into fertilizer. Credit: Noaki Schwartz / Associated Press