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UPDATE: CHP says Cholame 'Y' will remain closed while crews clean up fuel truck spill

Posted at 7:55 AM, Jan 21, 2020

UPDATE (3:01 p.m.) -- Caltrans says the Cholame 'Y" interchange will stay closed through the overnight hours after a gasoline truck overturned.

Drivers can take Highway 33 while crews work on re-opening the road.


UPDATE (10:27 a.m.) -- CHP officials say the Cholame 'Y' interchange will likely stay closed until sometime Tuesday afternoon after a semi-truck leaked hazardous materials.

Officials say a beverage truck crashed into a semi truck carrying about 1,000 gallons of petroleum product.

The petroleum truck continued out of control and slid about 100 feet over the side of the roadway.

The driver was able to crawl back up onto the highway after sustaining minor injuries.

It's unclear which driver crossed over the solid double yellow lines. Neither driver was arrested.

Several emergency response agencies from San Luis Obispo, Kern County, as well as, the Templeton and Coalinga CHP offices responded to the crash.

Officials say the petroleum truck needs to be pumped before it can be recovered.

As a result, CHP closed the Cholame 'Y' interchange and is redirecting traffic onto Highway 46.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


A semi-truck crash at the Cholame 'Y' has closed the interchange, according to CHP.

That closure is expected to last six to eight hours.

A fuel truck crashed north of the San Luis Obispo County line around 6 a.m.

Hazmat crews are on scene with other emergency personnel, according to a tweet by CHP Templeton.

Traffic is being diverted onto SR-46 East.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.