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Fuel spills after car slams into semi truck in Ukiah

A North Coast hazardous materials team was called to Jensen's Truck Stop in Ukiah early Saturday after a car slammed into a fuel tank on a semi truck, officials said.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. The driver of the truck had parked facing traffic on the side of North Lover's Lane to make a delivery to a nearby business when a sedan came around the corner and hit the truck's passenger-side fuel tank.

The driver of the truck had just filled the two 100-gallon saddle fuel tanks, Ukiah Valley Fire Captain John Strangio said.

The car's driver and two passengers fled, Strangio said.

CHP officers, who were the first to arrive at the scene, attempted to slow the leak. Ukiah Valley fire crews then arrived and set up a containment pool.

The Redwood Empire Hazardous Incident Team was called to unload the truck's remaining fuel. About 20 gallons were spilled, Strangio said.

The CHP found the sedan a few blocks away. "The suspects took off on foot, but the CHP was able to apprehend one of the passengers," Strangio said.

— Martin Espinoza


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