Saturday, January 28, 2023

Trucker Dies After Milk Tanker Careens Off Highway 20 in Lake County


A semi-truck driver is dead this morning after their rig veered off of Highway 20, east of Clearlake Oaks. The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page describes a chaotic scene where reportedly up to 100 gallons of diesel fuel and milk have spilled into Grizzly Creek along the roadway.

Fish and Game officials have been requested to to assess the extent of the hazard materials situation.

The Caltrans Quickmap indicates drivers in the area might face delayed traffic in the westbound lane, but despite the extent of the wreck, its effect on traffic is minimal.

UPDATE 8:32 a.m.: As per the Incident Commander, diesel fuel is continuing to leak from the wreckage into a dry creekbed, not an active waterway.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.



  1. Ya no it’s probably a friend of mine and it’s a bad turn that cal trans has regraded the road to slow traffic down !!!’

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