FAIRFIELD — The northbound Interstate 680 connector to westbound Interstate 80 near Cordelia was closed for nearly three hours Thursday after a big rig flipped onto its side. The crash also closed down one lane of westbound I-80 near the connector.
The accident was reported at approximately 11:30 a.m. and brought a large contingent of emergency responders, from the California Highway Patrol to Department of Transportation crews, and several units from the Fairfield Fire Department. The big-rig driver, a resident of Stockton, was taken by a Medic Ambulance crew to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, CHP reports.
Officials had a difficult time pinning down how long traffic would be slowed by the accident, due to the scope of work, which included draining the tractor-trailer of its load of spring water and then righting the rig. Some diesel fuel was also spilled and had to be cleaned up.
A regional traffic alert was issued at 11:50 a.m. due to road blockage. The alert indicated the road would remain closed for approximately an hour. That was updated at 1:14 p.m. to an additional hour of road closure, to include the far right lane on westbound I-80. The overturned tractor-trailer was back on its wheels at 1:45 p.m., at which time Caltrans crews were clearing debris and CHP estimated another 30 minutes to open the roadway.
All lanes of westbound 80 reopened at 2:20 p.m. The I-680/I-80 connector opened shortly thereafter.
As crews were busy clearing the crash scene, a second accident blocked traffic nearby on eastbound Highway 12 west of Interstate 80.
The two-vehicle crash – a Ford F-150 pickup and a Nissan Sentra collided – was reported at approximately 12:45 p.m., two miles west of I-80, west of Red Top Road in rural Fairfield. No injuries were reported.
All lanes were blocked, but only for a short time. The roadway reopened about seven minutes after the initial regional traffic alert to announce the road closure.
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