Hazmat teams respond to I-5 oil spill
SAN DIEGO – Hazmat teams responded to an oil spill caused by a big-rig collision on the northbound Interstate 5 near Oceanside Friday afternoon.
The incident occurred around 11 a.m. near the Oceanside Harbor Drive exit.
Oceanside Fire Battalion Chief Terry Collis said rain may have been a factor.
“[The big rig] possibly hit some water that was pooled up during heavy rain – in this area it tends to pool up when it rains really hard,” said Collis.
Up to one hundred gallons of diesel fuel and 10 gallons of motor oil were spilled when the semi crashed onto the freeway railing. Collis said the hazardous material spilled into the San Luis Rey River.
“There was no way to contain it,” said Collis.
Hazardous material crews and several other agencies responded.
As of 1:35 p.m., two lanes were blocked off. One of the lanes was expected to re-open shortly.
The truck driver is a man in his 40s. He was transported to a hospital with injuries.
Check back for updates on this developing story.