Interstate 80 closed in Placer County after propane truck crashes; traffic backed up

Interstate 80 closed in Placer County after propane truck crashes; traffic backed up

The truck overturned and ended up on its wheels, CHP said. The Placer County Sheriff said they are asking people to evacuate within a quarter-mile radius of the crash.



LI: SA WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW BREAKI NNGEWS OUT OF PLACER COUNTY WHERE A PROPANE TANK OVERTURN, ED LANNGDI ON ITS TIRES ON INTERSTATE 80 BUT HAS CLOSED INTERSTATE 80 IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. WESTBOUND I 80 NEAR APPLEGATE, EASTBOUND CLOSE ADS WELL, CREATING MILES AND MILES OF ACT OUT. LIVE PICTURES FROM LIVECOPTER3 – YOU CANEE S TWO FIREFIGHTERS WITH HELMETS AND MASKS ON AND AIR TANKS ON THEIR BACKS TO OTPRECT THEM AS THEY ARE GETTING REALLY CLOSE TO THIS TRUCK AND INSPECNGTI IT. CHP HAS SAID PROPANE IS LEAKING ON THE FREEWAY, PART OF THE REASON THEY HAD TO CLOSE IT IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. YOCANU SEE HOW CLOSE THOSE FIREFIGHTERS ARE COVERED IN THEIR SAFETY EQUIPMENT WITH THOSE OXYGEN MASKS COVERING THEIR FACE. THIS IS CREATING A MAJOR TRAFFIC PROBLEM. IF LIVECOPTER3 CAN PAN OVER, WE CAN SHOW YOU IT IS STOPPED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS BUT LOOK AT THE BACKUP OF TRAFFIC WE ARE SEEING ON THIS MONDAY AFTERON.NO THAT IS THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC, IT JUST GOES ON AND ON. THEER ARE NOT A LOT OF PLACES TO GET OFF. STUCK IN THE TRFIAFC IS DEIRDRE FITZPATRICK, JOINING US LIVE ON THE PHONE. IT’S SUPPOSED TBEO HER DAY OFF. SHE’S’REPORTING FOR US LIVE FROM IN THE TRAFFIC. HAVE YOU TURNED OFF THE ENGINE? GAS PRICES RIGHT NOW – YOU’VE PROBABLY ALREADY BURNED SO MUCH? DEIRDRE: IT’S A CONSIDERATION BUT THERE ARE A WFE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE THAT. IT’S THE LAST TIME I TEAK A MONDAY OFF TO GO SKIING. THE BACKUP IS CONSIDERABLE AND WHAT’S COMPLICATING IT IS I LOOK BEHIND ME AND SEE LITERALLY MILES OF TRAFFIC BEHIND ME. THIS IS A HUGE DAY – MONDAYS ARE FILLED ON I-80 WITH THE TRAFFIC – WITH THE TRACTOR-TRAILERS DELIVERING ETH SUPPLIES WE NEED ALL OVER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND IT IS THE BACKUP OF TRUCKS THAT IS STUNNING TO LOOK AT. ISTH TO ENTERTAIN MYSELF, I’VE BEEN TRYING TO COUNTND AI COUNDTE EASILY 30 TRUCKS JUST IN MY VISION BEHIND ME. AT THIS POINT, I ” PROBABLY HALF A MILE FROM WEIMAR CROSS ROAD HEADING WASTE – HEADING WESTBOUND. IT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THIS IS NORMALLY SUCH AN EASY TIME OF DAY TO MAKE YOUR WAY BACK IONT THE VALLEY BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT SITUATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE JUST STUCK. LI: SA IM GETTING WORD IT IS BACKED UP ALTHEL W TOAY COLFAX INHE T WESTBOUND DIRECTION. SEEING DOZENS AND DOZENS OF BIG RIG’S AS YOU MENTIEDON AND SO STARTING TO SEE PEOPLE GET OUT OF THEIR CARS AND WALKING AROUND A LITTLE BIT. ARE YOU SEEING THAT AT ALL? DEIRDRE: NO, BUT I’M CONTEMPLATING IT. WE’VE BEEN HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE AND I’VE GOT SON NUMBER TWO AND A DOG WITH ME. SO PUT ON YOUR MOM HAT AND YOU KNOW WHERE I AM, ESPECIALLY SINCE I SAID WE WOULD HAVE A LATE LUNCH IN AUBURN. BUT I’M CURIOUS, ARE YOU SEEING PEOPLE GETTING OFF? THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN GET AROUND THIS. ARE YOU SEEING ROADS LIKE WEIMAR CROSS ROADS? IS THAT STARTING TO BACK ISTH? LISA: IF WE COULD PAN OVER TO THAT OVERPASS, WE ARE NOT SEEING THAT MANY PEOPLE GETTING ON AND OFF ON OVERPASSES, WHICH IS INTERESTING. EVEN THOHUG WHEWEN ARE LOOKING AT, NOBODY IS REALLY EXITING. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY HAVE IT BLOCKED. DEIRDRE: THAT IS MY NOT SO SNEAKY WAY OF ASKING IF I SHOULD GET OFF. LI: SA COUGH ONCE FOR YES. I WILL TEXT YOU SOME INFORMATION. WE ARE TRYING TOOO ZM IN – BEAR WITH US. I’M TRYING MY BEST TO SEE – IS THAT COLFAX ROAD? I THINK SHE MIGHT BE STUCK IN BETWEEN AND THAT’S THE HARD THING. IF YOU DID NOT GET OFF AT ONE EXIT, IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE NEXT EXIT. DEIRDR IE: KNOW THAT YOU MENTIONED BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD ARE CLOSE, BUT I’VE SEEN TRAFFIC HEADING EASTBOUND, A STEADY STREAM OF TRAIC TFFHEY MUST HAVE BE EN ABLE TO ROUTE AROUND SOMEHOW BECAUSE COMECUT TRAFFIC – ME .LISA: AT ABO 3UT: 30, I DIDTA SR TO SEE SOME PEOPLE IN THE EASTBOUND DIRECTION THAT WERE ABLE TO GET OFF AND IT LOOKED LIKE SOME PEOPLE WERE TAKG INA FRONGETA ROAD AND GETTING BACK ON. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S LEGAL – SOMETIMES IN THIS SITUATION BECAUSE IT IS ON THE WESTBOUND SIDE, I’NOM SURE IF THAT IS OK. DEIRE: DR THESE SUAITTIONS ARE REALLY COMPLICATED. YOU HAVE THOSE RESCUE CREWS AND I’M LOOKING AT CALTRS ANTRUCKS. THEY ARE TRYINTO GG ET THE TRUCKS MOVING, TRYING TOET G TRAFFIC TO MOVE OVER. WHICH IS COMPLICATED. LISA: ESPECIALLY THIS PART OF INTERSTA 8TE0 WHERE IT’S JUST TWO LANES AND A SHOULDER. EVEN IF THEY JUST HAD A THIRD NELA, IT WOULD BE A LITTLE EASIER TO MAYBE MOVE SOME OF THE TRAFFIC THROUGH. BUT RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE FIREFIGHTERS BY THE TRUCK, SO THEY ARE TRYING TO FIGUREUT O IS IT OK TO START LETTING PEOPLE BY ON THE INTERMEDIATE AND SHOULDER. BUT WE DON’T KNOW. DEIRDRE: PASSING THE RIGHT NOW ARE FOR CALTRANS TRUCKS. ERETH ARE SONY CARS LITERALLY BUMPER-TO-BUMPER, THEY ARE USING A MEGAPHONE, ASKING PEOPLE TO MOVE TO THE RIGHT AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. THEY CAN’T MOVE THAT FAR BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS STOPPED. THEYRE A LITERALLY HAVING TO SQUEEZE THEIR WAY UP AS THEY TRY TO DEAL WHIT SOME OF THIS. I’M ALSO SEEING JUST OVER MY LE SFTHOULDER NOW AND I WLIL ROLLED THE WINDOW DOWN IF YOU WANT TO TRY TO TAKTHEE SHOT – THEY HAVE ONE OF THE PLOWSET S UP – IT’S ONE OF THE SNOW PLOW TRUCKS. I ASSEUM THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO PUT DOWN ABSORBENT AS THEY GET THE STUFFFF O THE ROAD AND TRYING TO GET THAT TO THE SCENE AS WELL. I’M NOT SURE HOW FARP UI AM FROM THE ACTUAL ACCIDENT SITE, BUT THEY ARE DOING THEIREST B TO GET THAT EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT UP THERE. THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE SO MANY CARS BLOCKINTHEG ROAD. LISA: IF YOU WERE TALKING, I DID SEE TWO FIREFIGHTING TRUCKS MAKING THEIR WAY UP ETH SHOULDER IF YOU WERE DESCRIBING IT. PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO MOVE OUT OFOPLE WERE TRYING TO MOVE OUT THE WAY AND WE COULD HEAR THE PERSON ON THE BULLHORN OUTSIDE THE CAR. THERE’S JUST NOT A LOT OF WIGGLE ROOM. THERE THEY ARE. IT LKSOO LIKE SOME SORT OF EMERGEYNC VEHICLES – THOSE TWO TRUCKS, THERE COUNT PEOPLE TO VEMOKS, THERE COUNT PEOPLE TO OVER OUT OF THE NUMBER ONE LANE, SO THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME ROOM. I KNOW YOU HAVEEN SEEN IT YET BUT THEER ISN’T ACTUALLY A BIG GAME. YOU CAN SEE A STREAOFM SOMETHING ON THE ASPHALT. AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT I SAW, BUT THERE’S NOT A HUGE PUDDLER O ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT’S – WE’VE SEEN HUGE GAMES BEFORE. THIS IS NOT THAT TYPE OF SITUATION. IF ANYTHING, WE WERE COMMENTING ON HOW STURDY THIS TRUCK WAS BECAUSE IT CAME DOWN THE HILL AND LANDEDPRIG U.HT IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE A LOT OF FLUID BUT I THINK THERERE AA LOT OF CONCERNS. LSTAN: GU IF IT WAS LIQUID, IT WOULD BE FROM THE TRUCK, THE MECHANICS ALOF THE TRUCK BECAUSE IF THE PROPANE WERE TO DISPERSE, IT GASEOUS. IT JUST GOING TO DISPERSE THROUGH THE AIR, WHICH IT HAS, WHICH IS WHY YOU SEE THE GUYS WEARING A HMAAZT STUFF, UT B AS FOR Y LIQUID ON THE GROUND, IT COULD BE SOMETHING FROM THE TRUCK ITSELF. LI: SA SO THERE IS A BIT OF A PUDDLE BUT I’M NOT SURE WHAT THAT CAME FROM. AND I’M NOT SEEING THE TRUCK. GULSTAN: I’M NOT SURE THAT IS THE EXACT SPOT. IT IS STILL THERE. I HOPE YOU’VE GOT SOME CHEESE OR SOMETHING IN THE GLOVE BOX. DEIRDRE: I’M ABOUT TO START LOOKING. IF N, OT REVOKE MY MOM CARD INSTANTLY. I SHOULD KNOW BETTER. LISA: MORE AND MORE FIREFIGHTERS ARE GOING DOWN THERE, SO THAT COULD BAE GOOD SIGN THEY DON’T THINK PROPANE IS LEAKING OUT OF THE TANK. SO THAT COULD BE A GOOD SIGN THIS COULD REOPEN SOON .DEIRDRE: AND WHAT A RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DO LIVE AROUND THERE. THERE WAS SOMEBODY SERIOUSLY HURT WHEN THE ACCIDENT HAPPEN AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA WHO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE THEIR HOME. I HOPE THEY’RE ABLE TO RESOELV IT QUICKLY AND I’M WATCHING THE TRUCKS GOING BY BUT THE REALITY IS THEY CAN ONLY DO WTHA THEY CAN DO WHEN THEY ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. LI: SA WE HOPE YOU GET HOME SAFELY. SEND US A TEXT WHEN YOU DO A

Interstate 80 closed in Placer County after propane truck crashes; traffic backed up

The truck overturned and ended up on its wheels, CHP said. The Placer County Sheriff said they are asking people to evacuate within a quarter-mile radius of the crash.

Interstate 80 is closed in both directions Monday afternoon near Applegate Road in Placer County after a propane truck overturned and ended up on its wheels, the California Highway Patrol said. Watch in the video player above: LiveCopter 3 has a view of a large traffic backup, which can be seen for miles.Propane is leaking from the truck, CHP said. The Placer County Sheriff said they are asking people to evacuate within a quarter-mile radius of the crash. The driver of the truck was life-flighted out with major injuries. I-80 westbound is closed at Paoli Lane and eastbound I-80 is closed at Applegate. Traffic maps show congestion at least three miles long, going from near Clipper Gap to Shady Glen, north of Colfax.There is no estimated time of reopening. Eastbound traffic is being diverted off Crother Road and back on at eastbound Heather Glen.Follow our interactive traffic map. This story is developing. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

Interstate 80 is closed in both directions Monday afternoon near Applegate Road in Placer County after a propane truck overturned and ended up on its wheels, the California Highway Patrol said.

Watch in the video player above: LiveCopter 3 has a view of a large traffic backup, which can be seen for miles.

Propane is leaking from the truck, CHP said. The Placer County Sheriff said they are asking people to evacuate within a quarter-mile radius of the crash.

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The driver of the truck was life-flighted out with major injuries.

I-80 westbound is closed at Paoli Lane and eastbound I-80 is closed at Applegate. Traffic maps show congestion at least three miles long, going from near Clipper Gap to Shady Glen, north of Colfax.

There is no estimated time of reopening. Eastbound traffic is being diverted off Crother Road and back on at eastbound Heather Glen.

Follow our interactive traffic map.

This story is developing. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

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