Overturned big-rig spills hazardous material on ramp from I-880 to Hwy 238

SAN LEANDRO (BCN) — A heavy wrecking vehicle is righting the trailer of a big-rig that overturned on a connector ramp from Interstate Highway 880 to state Highway
238 in San Leandro this morning, spilling a hazardous material and causing an evacuation of a nearby building.

The crash was initially reported shortly after 11:20 a.m. on the ramp from northbound Highway 880 to southbound Highway 238.

A Caltrans building nearby was evacuated, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Minor injuries were reported to the driver of the big-rig. The vehicle is leaking acetic acid, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said. 

The acid also got into a storm drain, which emergency crews blocked off with an inflatable plug as they prepare to right the overturned big-rig.

“There is a potential for a second spill when we right the vehicle,” CHP Officer Joseph Fowler said earlier this afternoon. “We’re trying to get the storm drain blocked off and cleared before we do that.”

Firefighters said that personnel were in the process of righting the trailer at around 3:45 p.m.

Once that’s complete they’ll be able to open the trailer up and assess the damage inside.

Officers said around 1 p.m. that the ramp is expected to remain closed for hours while crews clean up and clear the scene.

The ramp is expected to reopen at midnight.

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