FAIRFIELD — A big-rig crash Tuesday on the Beck Avenue onramp onto eastbound Interstate 80 led to traffic delays and to the closure of the onramp and the intersection of West Texas Street and Beck Avenue.
The 18-wheeler truck-trailer combination spun out shortly after 10 a.m. and hit the retaining wall and a neighboring Public Storage building.
The driver was able to free himself from the wreck and had minor injuries. He was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation, according to Officer Rick Weaver of the California Highway Patrol.
Traffic moved slowly around the crash scene for about an hour before the onramp was closed. The Fairfield Police Department closed the intersection shortly before 12:40 p.m. The onramp opened about 3 p.m., almost five hours after the crash. The intersection opened shortly thereafter.
Ken Stewart was working at his State Farm insurance business on Beck Avenue when he heard the crash.
Rumbling is a frequent sound he hears since his office is so close to the freeway, Stewart said. This rumble was different as it kept going on and on, he said.
He called 911, went outside and was met with a cloud of thick dust.
“It was clear something had happened,” he said.
The dust obscured the scene for a brief time, Stewart said. He found the driver outside the big rig and talked to him. He told Stewart he lost control of the big rig, Stewart said.
“He was lucky,” Stewart said. “He was shook up.”
Stewart has had his business there since March 2003. He’s seen other crashes there.
“This is by far the worst in terms of the size,” Stewart said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Weaver said.
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