SAN MATEO, Calif. - A 80,000-pound tractor trailer carrying a load of lettuce overturned in San Mateo late Monday night causing a fire and a portion of the highway to be closed for hours.
"That's a lot of lettuce with no ranch dressing or croutons," California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Cavner said Tuesday morning.
The transition to eastbound state Highway 92 finally reopened about 7:30 p.m., about eight hours after the rig overturned on the ramp heading northbound U.S. Highway 101 to westbound state Highway 92. It took several tow trucks and many hands to upright the massive rig.
Cavner officials said no one was injured when the truck overturned about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The only assumption at this point, he said, was that the driver was going too fast.
As for the lettuce? Cavner said it's up to the company to sell, destroy or redistribute the leafy greens.
The tractor trailer is now upright.— CHP Redwood City (@CHP_RedwoodCity) July 17, 2018
Still no estimated time of opening of the roadway. Thank you for your patience! pic.twitter.com/w2xf7N6kwv
Finally, the moment we have been waiting for! The trailer is on its wheels. pic.twitter.com/xEtTK7VwqZ— Elissa Harrington (@EHarringtonTV) July 17, 2018