Fuel tanker crash closes Highway 1 near Timber Cove overnight

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A tanker truck carrying gasoline overturned on Highway 1 Thursday night near Timber Cove on the Sonoma County coast, prompting a major emergency response and closing down the roadway overnight.

No fuel was spilled from the 7:30 p.m. incident as the Sonoma County Fire Division’s Hazardous Materials Response Team conducted a “stinger operation,” transferring about 4,800 gallons of gasoline from the overturned truck into a recovery truck.

The operation involved puncturing the immobilized tank and pumping the fuel into the standby truck, said Maggie Fleming, a county spokeswoman.

There were no injuries and no environmental damage, she said in a press release.

CHP officers investigated the incident late into the evening, and the road was reopened just before 8 a.m. Friday after the 12-hour closure for cleanup.

Multiple agencies responded to the remote coast community between Fort Ross and Salt Point State Park, including the county and Santa Rosa Fire Department hazmat teams, Timber Cove firefighters, Cal Fire and Caltrans.

The incident was the second of its kind in a two-year span. In August 2017, about 1,500 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway and forced closure of Highway 1 at Stewarts Point and Timber Cove roads for about 16 hours so the trucking company could clean up the spill.

Staff writer Guy Kovner contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Kevin Fixler at 707-521-5336 or kevin.fixler@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @kfixler.

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