9,000-gallon fuel spill prompts full closure of 10 Freeway in Riverside County

City News Service
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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A 9,000-gallon fuel spill closed all lanes of the 10 Freeway in Banning Tuesday morning.

BANNING, Calif. (CNS) -- Interstate 10 in Banning was shut down Tuesday as a hazmat crew cleaned up a fuel spill caused by a 9,000-gallon fuel tanker that rolled over.

The solo vehicle rollover crash was reported around 3:30 a.m., prompting the closure of I-10 in both directions between Ramsey and Eighth streets for hazmat removal, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Caltrans and county fire officials reported that all westbound lanes and two of the four eastbound lanes were reopened, with about 4,500 gallons of fuel remaining on the roadway.

Caltrans advised on Twitter that all eastbound lanes will be closed again at an unknown time to offload more fuel from the tanker.