Driver missing in big-rig
By Bren Begin, Bay City News Service
March 16, 2006
NOVATO (BCN) - Search and rescue teams have been unable
to find the driver of a big-rig truck that crashed in Marin County
late Wednesday night, according to CHP Officer Ben Chaney.
The truck was traveling westbound on state Highway 37 near Novato
Creek when it hit a guardrail and ended up off the road in a marshy
area around 11:08 p.m. Wednesday, according to CHP.
The truck began to leak fuel, which trickled into the wetland
The sergeant on the scene estimated that at least 20 gallons
of fuel leaked into the marsh, Chaney said.
California Highway Patrol and the Novato Fire Department worked
for hours this morning containing the spill. CHP notified the
state Department of Fish and Game, and hazmat crews were able
to contain the leak by 2 a.m.
The driver was missing when authorities arrived on the scene.
K-9 crews were unable to locate the man.
Department of Fish and Game Warden Steve Riske said he will conduct
a full environmental impact report today. California has a strict
liability law, which could hold the driver and operator of the
truck responsible for any damage caused to the ecosystem, Riske
The spill occurred near the lower end of Novato Creek, which
drains into the San Francisco Bay. Upper areas of the creek support
steelhead trout and other native species.
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