Big rig crash dumps 300 gallons of paint


The Marin County Public Works Department said about 300 gallons of yellow paint spilled when a big-rig overturned on Lucas Valley Road Thursday morning.

There were eight 250-gallon plastic containers of paint, or 2,000 gallons, on the big-rig when it overturned just west of Westgate Drive around 6:25 a.m., the Department’s Principal Engineer Ernest Klock said.

Three of the containers were still intact on the big-rig and five fell off, Klock said.

The California Highway Patrol said late this afternoon that a cleanup crew will finish its work cleaning up the spill Friday morning.

One-way traffic control will be in place from approximately 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Lucas Valley Road will be completely closed between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to remove the materials, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

Hugo Zavala-Barrera, 28, of Mendota, was driving a 2008 Freightliner truck towing a trailer with the eight containers of paint west on Lucas Valley Road to the Marin County Corporation Yard in Nicasio, Barclay said.

Zavala-Barrera tried to negotiate a tight right turn and the right tires of the trailer tracked to the inside of the turn and left the road, Barclay said.

The trailer then slid down a steep embankment pulling the truck backward, and the trailer came to rest hanging almost vertically with the truck still wheels on the road, Barclay said.

Some of the paint containers ruptured when they fell into a ravine and spilled paint in a creek, Barclay said. Zavala-Barrera was able to get out of the truck and was not injured, Barclay said.

Bayview Environmental Services of Oakland responded to clean up the paint, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Environmental protection Agency also responded, Barclay said.

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