Expect delays on Broadway as Humboldt Bay Fire crew work to clear the road of another 18-wheeler that flipped at the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway earlier this morning.
According to a press release sent by Humboldt Bay Fire, fire crews were able to extricate the driver of the semi who was later transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The press release also states that the semi began leaking “various automotive fluids onto the roadway and nearby drains.” Humboldt Bay Fire quickly deployed absorbent to contain the leak. Environmental Health and CalTrans were contacted to mitigate the possible exposure to the waterway.
Humboldt Bay Fire is urging the public to drive carefully and “remain extra vigilant” when driving around sharp turns during the rainy season as another 18-wheeler was flipped at the same crossroad as last week.
Read the full press release below:
On Monday, May 18, at 11:52 a.m. Humboldt Bay Fire crews responded to a call for an extrication at the corner of Fifth and Broadway streets, the same location of a similar extrication just 5 days prior.
Humboldt Bay Fire crews were able to extricate the driver within minutes of being on scene and transfer care to City Ambulance. The patient was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Although the fuel tanks remained intact, the tractor trailer began to leak various automotive fluids into the roadway and nearby drains. Crews quickly deployed absorbent to contain the leak and contacted Environmental Health and CalTrans to mitigate the possible exposure to the waterway.
Crews are actively working to right the overturned tractor trailer and remove it from the roadway, although members of the public can expect this stretch of Fifth Street to be closed for some time until that occurs.
Thank you to Eureka Police Department, City Ambulance, CalTrans, Environmental Health, and Humboldt Towing for their assistance on scene.
It is important to note that this is the second instance of an overturned tractor trailer on this exact section of Fifth Street within the last five days as crews responded to a similar incident last Wednesday, May 13. Humboldt Bay Fire would like to urge the public, especially drivers of large vehicles and tractor trailers, to remain extra vigilant on the road, particularly around sharp turns during this rainy season.