Tanker truck crash forces evacuations in Nipomo

A tanker truck crash in Nipomo closed a portion of Highway 1 and Willow Road and forced the evacuation of nearby residents on Saturday, Cal Fire reported.

The tanker rolled off the road and flipped on its side in foggy conditions, and a hazmat team responded to the scene. The tanker was on its way to the Phillips 66 refinery on the Nipomo Mesa and was turning north onto Highway 1 from Willow Road when it slipped off the pavement and down an embankment.

No one was injured in the crash, said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Lee. The crash was reported at 6:45 a.m. It’s unclear what the truck was carrying or if any of the contents spilled.

Shortly before 3 p.m., crews began using a vacuum trailer to transfer the spilled product from the rolled tanker into another trailer, Cal Fire said.

Once the product was transferred, crews were able to upright the trailer and the hazmat team was released.

Evacuation orders were lifted by 6:45 p.m., Cal Fire said.

Willow Road is closed between Highway 1 and Guadalupe Road, and Highway 1 is closed between Sheridan Road and Arriba Place, according to Cal Fire.

“We just ask folks to avoid the area as best they can,” Lee said. Cal Fire expects the roads to be closed for about 8 hours.

Two tow trucks with cables have stabilized the tanker to keep it from rolling further.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the CHP and Fish and Wildlife also respond to the incident.

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