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Crash snarls traffic on foggy freeway ramp

By From page A2 | December 12, 2012

The connector from westbound Interstate 80 to northbound Highway 113 in Davis was shut down for several hours Tuesday after a collision caused a big rig to spill rebar and diesel fuel onto the roadway.

Solano California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker said the closure stemmed from a 6:15 a.m. crash that occurred when the driver of a Chevy pickup made a U-turn on the connector ramp, causing a Toyota Corolla to broadside the truck.

An ambulance traveling behind the Toyota witnessed the collision and activated its emergency lights to warn approaching drivers on the fog-shrouded roadway.

A big rig approaching the scene from behind the ambulance locked its brakes, which caused the truck’s load — 30-foot-long pieces or rebar — to slide forward and hit the back of the truck, rupturing a gas tank and spilling at least 25 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway, Parker said.

The transition ramp was closed and traffic diverted for about four hours during the cleanup process, Parker said. The only injuries were reported were minor wounds stemming from the initial collision, he said.

Lauren Keene

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