Truck falls off Northern California highway

Posted at 3:20 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 18:27:15-04

Caltrans is warning truck drivers in Northern California to heed warning signs about a section of highway that’s currently under construction.

Officials released a video Friday showing a semi-truck trying to make it through a one-lane section of Highway 175 between the towns of Hopland and Lakeport where a retaining wall is being built. The truck doesn’t make it and ends up tipping over and sliding down a hillside.

State Route 175 between Hopland and Lakeport is limited to vehicles NOT OVER 39 feet in total length! Our contractor's crew was out working on SR 175 yesterday afternoon when they saw this long truck trying to make it through a one-lane section of highway where a retaining wall is being built.Multiple signs are posted to warn truck drivers of this length restriction, but drivers continue to try to go through. Sometimes they simply get stuck, but others end up going over the embankment. This driver was not injured, but it must have been the ride of his life! Note that the audio of this video was edited to remove expletives of surprise from our crew.Please help spread the word: NO VEHICLES ALLOWED OVER 39' IN LENGTH FROM HOPLAND TO LAKEPORT ON SR175. Thank you.

Posted by Caltrans District 1 on Friday, October 12, 2018


A road construction crew recorded the video.

Caltrans says the driver was not injured.

Officials say the truck never should have been on that section of highway because of current restrictions prohibiting vehicles over 39-feet in length between Hopland and Lakeport. However, they say many truck drivers are not paying attention to the warning signs and continuing to drive through the area.