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Driver dies in I-80 tanker truck crash

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A driver of a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel was killed after going off Interstate 80 near Dutch Flat and crashing down an embankment.

The driver — a 64-year-old Antelope man — failed to negotiate a curve while traveling east on I-80 east of the Dutch Flat overcrossing, the California Highway Patrol Gold Run Officer Chris Nave said.

The crash took place 5:50 p.m. Monday. The Placer County Coroner’s Office was to release the victim’s name after deadline Wednesday.

The 2015 Peterbilt tanker truck traveled down an embankment and rolled over before coming to rest on its side, the Highway Patrol said.

The crash generated a multi-agency response as crews worked into Tuesday to minimize fuel contamination, Placer County spokeswoman Katie Combs Prichard said. Placer County Water Agency temporarily shut down Alta and Monte Vista water treatment plants but reopened them after they determined there was no fuel contamination or risk to customers.

A team of agencies, including Placer County Environmental Health and Cal Fire, worked to put in safeguards to block any spilled fuel from reaching Canyon Creek, the county said.