Accident snarls Highway 120 in Oakdale

local@modbee.comAugust 11, 2013 

An overturned propane truck snarled traffic along Highway 120 in Oakdale for more than four hours Sunday afternoon.

About 11:45 a.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to a crash involving a J.S. West & Cos. propane tanker and a Kia Sportage SUV on 120 just north of River Road. The Oakdale police and fire departments also responded.

One of the truck's two propane tanks had dislodged from the trailer during the accident and had rolled onto its side in the middle of the road. CHP officials said one person was taken to a hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, though it is unclear if the person had been in the tanker or SUV.

Highway 120 was closed from River Road to 26 Mile Road, causing major delays in the area. The busy weekend traffic, including people returning from Yosemite National Park and Woodward Reservoir, was diverted onto Oakdale residential streets as the scene was cleared.

The highway was reopened at 3:55 p.m.

According to the CHP, the tank had minimal leakage and did not catch fire. To avoid the risk of fire or explosion, another truck was being called to remove the propane before authorities moved the damaged tanker.

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