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Big rig dumps 2,000 gallons of paint

December 07, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

SEELEY — California Highway Patrol officers are investigating an accident this morning that involved a big rig, 2,000 gallons of paint and 8 pounds of methyl ethyl keytone.

Highway Patrol Officer Hector Tabarez said a big rig pulling two trailers jackknifed on Intestate 8 just east of the rest area near Drew Road about 3:28 a.m., spilling 2,000 gallons of paint and 8 pounds of the chemical.

Tabarez said the driver, Jose Ivan Andrade, 36, told officers he was falling asleep behind the wheel when he noticed he had drifted off the road.

Andrade tried to steer the rig back onto the road but overcorrected and the rig jackknifed.

Information on Andrade's city of residence was unavailable.

Tabarez said no one was injured in the accident.

Tabarez said workers from the California Department of Transportation and cleanup crews sent by the trucking firm's company were cleaning the road this morning.

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>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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