Hazmat teams respond to I-5 oil spill

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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.


  • Geoffrey Parkford

    I was the first person on the scene and helped block the 3 right lanes before CHP arrived. There was debris everywhere and the driver was pinned with injuries to his head. The cab of the truck was in pieces. The HazMat spill could have been contained with a berm of sand bags as it was all pouring into the river, but all the Fire Dept had was some kitty litter to stop more from leaking out. When the incident occurred there were numerous accidents on the highway so only 1 CHP officer responded along with 1 Camp Pendleton police officer. Pretty hectic – hey, CHP, you owe me 4 road flares, please.

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