WESTMORLAND — A tanker truck carrying a load of fuel crashed on Highway 86 northwest of this city Friday, critically injuring the driver and spilling thousands of gallons of fuel onto the median.
Traffic was backed up for about a mile as the California Highway Patrol and emergency crews responded to the scene.
The county's hazardous material team also was called in to monitor the situation and to insure the fuel leak did not present a danger.
In all some 6,000 gallons of fuel leaked onto the median but avoided the roadway.
Injured was Stephen Clements, 44, of Phelen, who reportedly suffered a broken neck.
He was taken by ambulance to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley where he was stabilized and then flown to a Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. There was no information on his condition at presstime Saturday night.