Gravel spill halts highway traffic

Gravel spill halts highway traffic

Caltrans crews are working to clear northbound U.S.101 near
Masten Avenue after a massive bin of gravel spilled off a truck and
onto the road this morning about 9:30 a.m.
Caltrans crews are working to clear northbound U.S.101 near Masten Avenue after a massive bin of gravel spilled off a truck and onto the road this morning about 9:30 a.m.

Thang Nguyen, an employee of TL Trucking, said he was heading east from Aromas to San Jose when he noticed the front bin on the bed of his truck was losing gravel.

He said the bin then opened up, causing the truck to lose one of the two gravel loads he was carrying.

There were no injuries or damage to Nguyen’s truck.

According to Caltrans workers, who had to fill the bin back up with gravel, Nguyen couldn’t drive his truck without the other bin filled. Workers explained this would result in an unbalanced load.

“I’ve been driving for 10 years,” said Nguyen. “Nothing like this has ever happened. I was shocked when it happened. I’m glad no one was hurt.”

The bulk of the gravel was cleared up by 11 a.m.

Traffic was rerouted to Masten off-ramp and back onto northbound U.S. 101 via the Masten on-ramp. Cars were backed up all the way to Leavelsey Road.

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