Fatal tanker truck crash closes Highway 37 for hours at Sears Point Road

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


The driver of a tanker truck died Wednesday afternoon when he slammed into another tanker truck stopped in front of him on Highway 37, triggering a chain reaction crash of multiple vehicles east of Lakeville Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fatal 3:38 p.m. wreck in the eastbound direction caused a massive traffic back-up during the peak of the evening commute. The eastbound lanes were closed for more than six hours with most traffic redirected at Lakeville Highway for extensive detours.

The big rig driver who was killed was in the slow lane, towing a single trailer loaded with what appeared to be vinegar. He plowed into the back of a stopped rig in front of him at an estimated 50 to 60 miles per hour, according to CHP Officer Andrew Barclay.

The crash pushed the stopped rig, which had an empty double trailer, into four other vehicles, but the occupants sustained no injuries, or had only complaints of pain, Barclay said.

The investigation into the fatality and clean up of spilled diesel fuel lasted into the night, with Caltrans crews estimating the road might be closed until midnight. The identity of the male driver was not released, pending notification of family.

Some of the stopped traffic initially was able to get by in the center divider.

“The biggest issue is cars in the center divider trying to look at the crash,” Barclay said from the scene.

Motorists traveling towards Solano County out of Marin were advised to take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Motorists out of Sonoma County were advised to take Highway 116 to Highway 121 and Highway 37.

Please read our commenting policy
  • No profanity, abuse, racism or hate speech
  • No personal attacks on other commenters
  • No spam or off-topic posts
  • Comments including URLs and media may be held for moderation
Send a letter to the editor
*** The system is currently unable to accept new posts (we're working on it) ***

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine