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Highway 162 in Mendocino County reopens after propane truck crash

Authorities reopened Highway 162 in Mendocino County on Thursday after a two-day closure just east of Longvale that began when a truck carrying propane overturned, officials said.

A Laytonville man was driving a Thompson Gas truck east on Highway 162 when the vehicle tipped over at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday about four miles east of Highway 101, the CHP said in a news release.

The overturned truck had been blocking the eastbound lane. It was carrying 2,600 pounds of liquid propane, which the driver was set to deliver in the Covelo Valley, the CHP said.

The crash caused a valve line to rupture and gas propane began leaking out, prompting the closure.

The reason the truck flipped is unknown. The driver got out of the vehicle with minor injuries, according to authorities.

You can reach Staff Writer Matt Pera at matthew.pera@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @Matt__Pera.

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