Truck accident on Highway 50 |

Truck accident on Highway 50

Gregory Crofton

A trucker jackknifed his rig Monday night on U.S. Highway 50 just east of Twin Bridges and ruptured one of his truck’s 25-gallon gas tanks when he left the road and hit some rocks.

The driver, Steven Testerete, 25, of Yuba City, was uninjured in the wreck, which occurred in the westbound lane at 6:26 p.m.

The truck, owned by Pacific Millwork, a business out of Marysville, Calif., blocked the westbound lane for two hours.

Testerete was following too close to vehicles ahead of him and that caused him to lock his brakes and go into a skid, said California Highway Patrol Officer Earl Boyd.

The 25 gallons of diesel fuel were mopped up by Lake Valley Fire, California Department of Transportation and an El Dorado County hazardous material unit.

CHP is investigating the incident to determine if Testerete should be cited for a traffic violation, Boyd said.

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