Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez

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Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez
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Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD

By edhat staff

An 18-wheeler truck overturned from a blown-out tire at Highway 154 and 246 roundabout in Santa Ynez on Monday.

At 12:01 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the area with a ground ambulance. They discovered the semi-truck carrying a 53-foot container had overturned. The driver self-extricated from the vehicle and did not suffer any injuries.

It's unknown what the truck was hauling, but Fire Captain Daniel Bertucelli stated it did not appear to be hazardous. The truck, however, was leaking oil that was heading towards a creek. Fire crews were able to contain the oil spill before it reached the waterway.

The intermodal container truck was en route to Santa Maria from the Port of Los Angeles.

There are no traffic restrictions in the area at this time. 

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Lucky 777 Jun 02, 2020 10:06 AM
Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez

I'll say it again::: the simple way to fix the big problem is to put multiple stop signs on 154. A few signs, a little cement, and all of a sudden the time it takes to cross the hill on 154 would be longer than the 101 route. Then Google Maps and Waze would stop telling people it was a 10-15 minute shorter route. Traffic would drop by half. I travel 154 and would gladly trade having it take longer for the comfort of never having people pass me at warp speeds. It is unsafe now, and getting worse.

mjackman44 Jun 02, 2020 09:02 AM
Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez

There is no reason that these big rigs should be allowed to use San Marcos Pass, already a terribly dangerous road. Other roads in California are not available to Trucks. Our daughter lives in the neighborhood below the 154 and multiple events and sirens are a nightly affair with ambulances and fire trucks. Many fatalities are well documented. Passing this slow moving trucks is very risky up or down hill. Only when we had COVID closures did our family realize how quiet, calm and free of accidents it could be. Recall the truck a few years back that lost control and drove into a storage area on Hollister at high speed, crashing into an area which is now a Hotel. Truckers can drive at 18 now when before it was 21. We know how these younger people disregard speed limits , when driving , and exhibit lawless driving when running behind schedule?
GPS still says it is a "short cut"coming South or North, and this should be stopped as well. Being unfamilar with roads--especially the pass increases the likelihood of crashes.

a-1591074121 Jun 01, 2020 10:02 PM
Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez

4043 - It's actually past time to BAN all big rigs from using the 154. This speeding clown was taking a "shortcut" from the 101 N. in SB to the 101 N. in Buellton via the 154. Boo!

MountainDen Jun 01, 2020 07:32 PM
Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez

Looks like the rig that was hauling a dilapidated Maersk shipping container at 11:30 this am.
Crawling at 30 mph over SM Pass northbound. Over-loaded?

Yeti Jun 01, 2020 07:10 PM
Flat Tire Overturns Semi-Truck in Santa Ynez

18 wheeler loses ONE TIRE and it rolls over during a turn..doubt it. Not physically possible unless the truck was going way too fast which is much more likely. I predict the driver was distracted and blew the turn . Luckily no Innocents were squished.

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