Overturned truck spills cooking oil, forces SR-78 closure for hours on Saturday

Photo/JC Playford

A 50-foot box truck that overturned, spilling 40,000 gallons of cooking oil, shut down State Route 78 west of Haverford Road for most of Saturday, reported California Highway Patrol.

The accident, which occurred on SR-78 about six miles west of Haverford Road, caused a shut-down from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to reports.

The lengthy closure was mainly due to Caltrans responding with the wrong posts to re-set the guardrail as the accident took out 300 feet of guardrail on Route 78, said CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

A hazardous materials (HAZMAT) crew responded to the scene to scrape oil off the roadway and cover it with kitty litter to prevent the surface from being slick, he said.

The driver of the truck, who was transporting the oil to be refined, was uninjured, said Pearlstein.

Reports indicated the shifting of the cooking oil in the truck caused the vehicle to flip.

Although CHP assisted, Pearlstein said the accident was in San Diego Police Department’s jurisdiction. Eastbound traffic on SR-78 was diverted at Bandy Canyon  Road.

Saturday, Sept. 28—State Route 78 may be closed at Haverford Road throughout the afternoon while crews continue to work at the scene of an overturned 50-foot box truck that leaked cooking oil, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

Ramona resident JC Playford, who captured pictures of crew working at the scene, reports the accident

Photo/JC Playford

occurred about six miles west of Haverford Road.

The accident occurred about 8:10 this morning. The driver of the truck was uninjured, reports Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department.

A hazardous materials (HAZMAT) crew joined other emergency responders at the scene of the single-vehicle accident.

Eastbound SR-78 traffic is being diverted at Bandy Canyon Road.

According to the CHP website, the road could be closed until 7 p.m.

Photo/JC Playford

Photo/JC Playford

Photo/JC Playford

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3 Comments for “Overturned truck spills cooking oil, forces SR-78 closure for hours on Saturday”

  1. Guest

    Speeding again and again … just like on San Vicente Road.
    Huh … wait … what did I say? "Speeding"? No, no, no: it's because of the road; let's widen and straighten it from Julian to Escondido.

  2. CA Smith

    Hi, Guest. You're pretty good with that crystal ball thingy. Absolutely no place in the article above did they say anything about the cause of the accident. It may have been speeding. Or it may have been something else. Depending on the cause, straightening some of those curves might help. I suspect you are simply trying to take advantage of this to make a comment about how you feel about reworking San Vicente Road. Or maybe you just like to show off your rhetorical skills and sarcasm.

  3. Carrie

    please. there is no need for such harsh words. We live in such a harsh world already, may we all try a little kindness. by the way, i hate having to capitalize words while typing-something to do with lazy pinky fingers- so try not to be too harsh while judging me.

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