Overturned diesel truck leaks fuel onto roads

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SAN DIEGO -- Streets remained closed Saturday due to the crash of a tanker truck and subsequent diesel fuel spill in the Morena neighborhood near Mission Valley West on Friday night, according to authorities.

Both directions of Morena Boulevard remained closed between Taylor Street to the south and Linda Vista Road to the north, according to San Diego Police.

Friars Road between Sea World Drive and Napa Street was also closed.

Both streets were expected to reopen Sunday.

A tanker truck carrying several thousand gallons of diesel fuel overturned and landed on its side as it was exiting westbound Interstate 8 to the northbound Morena Boulevard bridge.

The driver was injured and an unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled into the San Diego River below.

The crash was reported just before 6 p.m., prompting a hazardous materials response, and closure of on- and offramps to and from Interstate 8 overnight, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver got out of the truck on his own, but suffered a head wound and was transported to a hospital by paramedics.


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