Originally published August 3, 2009 at 2:24 p.m., updated August 3, 2009 at 4:24 p.m.
A truck carrying bottles of pool chlorine and muriatic acid crashed today on Interstate 15 in the Kensington area and spilled its cargo of chemicals across the roadway, forcing the full closure of the northbound side of the route for several hours.
The man behind the wheel of the 2001 Ford Ranger lost control of the truck for unknown reasons just south of Interstate 8 about 1 p.m., and it crashed into a center wall, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The truck then veered to the right and overturned, coming to rest on its side, straddling the right-hand lane and east shoulder of the freeway, CHP public affairs Officer Brad Baehr said.
The driver, 26-year-old Jake McKinney of San Diego, was uninjured, Baehr said.
Highway Patrol personnel diverted northbound traffic onto I-8 while a hazardous materials crew cleaned up the roughly 10-gallon chemical spill. The closure lasted until about 3 p.m., Baehr said.