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Drunk driver blamed for tanker crash, gas spill on 10 Freeway

June 29, 2012 |  4:21 pm

Map shows approximate location of incident in red.

A SigAlert has been lifted and all lanes are now open on the westbound 10 Freeway in the Inland Empire after a drunk driver hit a tanker, which overturned and spilled thousands of gallons of gas on the road Friday morning, authorities said.  

California Highway Patrol officials said the collision occurred just west of Riverside Avenue around 2:30 a.m. when a 2007 Toyota Camry in the far left lane hit a Kenworth tractor and tank trailer.

In a statement, the CHP said the driver of the Camry made an “unsafe” lane change because of intoxication and struck the tanker in the lane to his right. The tanker rolled and came to rest on the right shoulder, the CHP said, rupturing and spilling about 7,000 gallons of fuel on the freeway.

The driver of the Camry was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Both drivers, who were not identified, were treated for minor injuries at an area hospital and released, the CHP said.

All four lanes of the 10 Freeway near Bloomington were closed for about three hours as a result of the accident. Authorities opened lanes gradually and redirected traffic to other exits throughout the course of the morning commute. The San Bernardino Sun reports that all lanes were open around 11:30 a.m.

Investigators say the collision is still under investigation.

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-- Matt Stevens
twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Image: Map shows the approximate location of the incident in red. Credit: Google Maps

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