A big rig collision and fuel spill blocked three lanes of northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 101 in Sunnyvale early Thursday morning, triggering a massive backup as the lanes were not reopened for more than four hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Wood debris and fuel spilled fuel into the roadway near the northbound Lawrence Expressway on-ramp after a big rig hit a guardrail. The big rig then went off the roadway and struck a light pole, according to the CHP.
The collision was reported at 2:49 a.m., according to the CHP.
A Sig-alert was issued at 3:19 a.m. Traffic was able to pass the collision using the far left lane and center divider, according to the CHP. All lanes were finally reopened around 7:06 a.m. but traffic remained very slow on the freeway.
An estimated 30 gallons of fuel leaked onto the roadway as a result of the collision. Caltrans responded to the scene to remove the fuel.
According to the CHP, the driver of the big rig sustained a minor laceration to his forehead, but refused medical treatment.
Authorities were recommending morning commuters use 280 to 85 to go northbound into Sunnyvale.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
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