Big rig flips, spills potting soil

California Highway Patrol

BIG LAGOON – A tractor trailer overturned near Big Lagoon on Wednesday, March 11, spilling its load of potting soil on the roadway.

At approximately 3:10 p.m. Richard Hamilton was driving a 1999 Peterbilt tractor towing a 1997 Raven flatbed trailer loaded with pallets of potting soil.

The tractor/trailer combination was traveling on U.S. Hioghway 101 northbound, south of Kane Road, approaching a left curve in the roadway.

Hamilton failed to safely negotiate the curve and the vehicles overturned coming to rest blocking the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 101. The vehicles' load of potting soil was thrown from the vehicle coming to rest in the roadway as well along the embankment east of the highway.  Hamilton was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and suffered minor injuries.

Personnel from the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans responded to the scene.  Due to the position of the overturned vehicles and proximity to Big Lagoon, the fuel tanks from the Peterbilt were off-loaded prior to the vehicle being recovered.  As a result of this collision and towing/recovery operations, US-101 at this location was subject to one way traffic control for approximately 7.5 hours.

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