The California Highway Patrol provides an update on yesterday’s hazmat spill that closed Highway 139 for hours. Just after 5 am, Pedro Colon was driving a big rig, towing two trailers south on the highway, when a deer jumped in his path. Colon quickly tried to avoid the deer and swerved, but this caused his trailers to shift, spilling corrosive liquid. Colon pulled into the nearest available turn-out and awaited the CHP’s arrival. A hazmat team was able to clear the spill, and the highway re-opened later that morning.
No injuries were reported.
CHP is at the scene of a hazmat spill on Highway 139 just outside Susanville near Hagata Rd and Rice Canyon. Both highway lanes have been shut down to through traffic from Springridge to Termo Grasshopper Rd.
Unconfirmed reports indicate a commercial vehicle caught fire and spilled water treatment chemicals. Caltrans has been called to clear the spill. Expect a long-term closure.
Updates as they become available.