Oil Tanker Overturns in South Bay

An oil tanker overturned on a roadway in San Diego’s South Bay area Friday morning, officials said.

The accident happened in the 7500-block of Paseo De La Fuente just before 7:30 a.m.

Officials from Cal Fire, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol  and the City of San Diego responded to the scene.

As a precaution, Kendall Bortissier of Cal Fire said a hazmat team was called to the site of the accident to investigate any possible spills or leaks coming from the vehicle. The tanker was hauling asphalt oil at the time of the accident, he said.

Cal Fire official Larry Converse said the driver of the tanker was not hurt in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

Converse said all of the responding agencies were working together to get the oil tanker upright, which proved to be quite the challenge given the size of the vehicle.

Converse said the main concern was preventing anything from spilling out of the tanker and onto the roadway in the process.

“We’re concerned about the integrity of the vessel itself, so with that what we do is we slow down a little bit and we come up with a unified plan. Our main purpose is to protect the environment and people,” Converse explained.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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