Crime

Van Crashes Off Highway 101 in Northern Mendocino with Seven Tanks of Nitrous Oxide

About 6:24 this morning, a white van carrying seven tanks of Nitrous Oxide went off eastbound Hwy 101 at mile marker 75.9 north of Laytonville and collided with the embankment, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rick Fowler.

A white van abandoned after crash. [Photo by Joe Rial]
The white van abandoned after the crash. [Photo by Joe Rial][Photo by Joe Rial]

The officer told us that the driver left the scene but made his way to the Leggett Fire station where he was subsequently arrested for a DUI.

“We have not have not found a business reason for them at this time,” said Fowler speaking about the tanks.

One way controlled traffic is in effect in the area until Mendocino County Health finishes their evaluation and the vehicle and its chemical contents can be removed from the crash site.

The van is off the side of the road and traffic is only slightly slowing through the area, according to Caltrans QuickMap.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

Categories: Crime, Traffic

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