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Overturned Semi on US-101

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT- The following is from Garberville CHP:

On Friday, at approximately 4:30 AM,  A 2013 International Pro Star truck tractor, pulling a set of doubles freight trailers, was traveling northbound on US-101, north of Twin Trees Bridge (MPM 6) in Humboldt County.  60 year old Frank Martinoni, of Petaluma, Ca., was the driver of the semi-truck.  For reasons still under investigation, The driver of the truck allowed the right side tires of the rear trailer to run off the east roadway edge of US-101 and into a drainage ditch.  This resulted in the driver losing control of the trailer as it began to fishtail.  The rear trailer overturned onto its left side and came to rest in the #2 lane of northbound US-101.  The truck tractor and the lead trailer did not overturn.  The driver was uninjured as a result of the collision.

The collision caused hazardous materials that were in the trailer's cargo to be released.  At this time, the hazardous material product, and quantity spilled is undetermined.  The scene remains under control and the hazardous material cleanup will be conducted by a licensed contractor provided by the trucking company.

In addition to CHP, CalFire, Garberville Volunteer Fire, Caltrans, and Humboldt County Environmental Health responded to the scene.

Both northbound lanes of US-101 were closed for an extended period of time during the recovery.

This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the cause of this collision.