FAIRFIELD — A boat fell off a trailer midmorning Monday on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, blocking a lane of westbound traffic for nearly 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. east of North Texas Street and Manuel Campos Parkway.
Todd Florey of Sacramento said he was taking the 10,000-pound, 28-foot boat to Richmond for repairs. He said he was cut off by a big rig, which forced him to slam the brakes on his Ford Excursion, which caused the trailer to jackknife and the boat to come off.
Nobody was injured.
Florey was able to get the truck and trailer on the shoulder before stopping, but the boat blocked the far right lane of the highway.
A traffic advisory was issued at 11:07 a.m. by the Coastal Traffic Management Center. with expectations that the roadway would be cleared by noon. The advisory was later extended to 1 p.m.
Two trucks from Ramirez Towing responded to the scene and were able to lift the boat and remove the trailer which was destroyed, leaving the boat temporarily sitting on blocks on the shoulder before a flatbed truck could respond.
Florey, a professional diver who cleans the bottom of boats in the Bay Area, said he uses the boat for overnight getaways with his family and hoped it would not be totaled in the accident.
The roadway was cleared at 12:49 p.m., according to the Coastal Traffic Management Center.
Reach Brad Zweerink at 425-4646, ext. 291, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zrink.