Overturned semi truck causes lane closure in Carpinteria

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Posted at 7:14 AM, Feb 02, 2021

UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) - All northbound lanes of Highway 101 in Carpinteria are now fully open.

UPDATE (10:58 a.m.) – CHP says the driver of the big rig that crashed along Highway 101 in Carpinteria Tuesday morning sustained minor injuries.

It happened shortly before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes south of Santa Ynez Avenue.

Officers say the 24-year-old driver from Mexico was approaching an overcrossing when he made an "unsafe turning movement" and veered to the right.

The tractor-trailer then reportedly hit the guardrail before crashing through a fence that separates the highway from homes in Carpinteria.

CHP says the tractor eventually stopped along a private driveway on Cramer Circle and the trailer landed on its side along the right-hand shoulder of the highway.

No other vehicles were involved and the driver was not arrested.

Traffic continues to move slowly through the area.

UPDATE (10:30 a.m.) - The fast lane of Highway 101 has reopened, but Caltrans says motorists should expect heavy traffic to continue for some time.

The overturned truck was uprighted and towed away. It reportedly spilled its load of fertilizer and was leaking fuel as a result of the crash.

(7:15 a.m.) - According to Caltrans officials, an overturned tanker truck is partially blocking the number two lane of northbound Highway 101, south of Santa Monica Road in Carpinteria.

CHP responded around 5 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic is moving slowly in the area.

Caltrans, a hazmat team and CHP are on scene. There is no estimated time of when the lane will reopen.