Cement Spill Downtown

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department

Cement truck loses load over three blocks in the city

In the morning of August 31, 2019, the Santa Barbara Police Department received numerous reports about a commercial size cement truck that was driving south on Anacapa Street spilling a large amount of concrete out of the rear drum. The spill started in the 100 East Block of De La Guerra Street and spanned until the intersection of East Cota and Anacapa Streets, approx. 3 city blocks.

It seems the driver had the drum rotation set to “spill” instead of “mix” when he drove away from the work site. The spill caused a serious traffic hazard and the roads were shut down to vehicles for several hours while Public Works called in a clean-up crew to manage the incident.

The California Highway Patrol responded to assist with the investigation. An inspection of the cement truck was completed and there was several equipment related vehicle code violations. It also appears the driver of the cement truck had been operating this type of commercial vehicle for less than a week on his own.

The case is being referred to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office for review and filing against the driver and the cement company, Mission Ready Mix for 374.8 PC – Spilling Hazardous Waste, 23113 VC, Dumping Load on Roadway, and 23114 VC, Not Securing Load. This case was also sent to Risk Management to recuperate the City’s cost.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
11:40 a.m., August 31, 2019

Cement spill from a truck at Anacapa and Cota Streets. SBPD on the scene, will be closing some streets to get the mess cleaned up.

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jak Sep 02, 2019 02:02 PM
Cement Spill Downtown

805, I have a former coworker who went through mix truck training. He did it for almost a full year. Granted, he had no CDL when he started and his training included gravel truck and dump truck training etc. but a fella shouldn’t just be driving one of these rigs with minimal training.

Flicka Sep 02, 2019 09:18 AM
Cement Spill Downtown

Even when you have a car accident, one person is usually responsible for causing it. I think a true "accident" is when no one is to blame for causing it.

805Surfer Sep 01, 2019 01:14 PM
Cement Spill Downtown

One thing is for sure. He’ll never make that mistake again. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t require more than a week of training to operate a cement truck, other than necessary licensing. Honest mistake. Lever down instead of up, or vice versa.

SBSBSBSBSBsb Sep 01, 2019 10:28 AM
Cement Spill Downtown

I wish I lived in a perfect world where I never made mistakes and could point the finger at everyone else

Luvaduck Sep 01, 2019 09:57 AM
Cement Spill Downtown

When doctor, dentist, store make errors, they are sued for negligence. What happens when a careless driver causes so much damage? Does the contractor's insurance pay and the driver get fired or have to pay some small part of the damage his negligence caused?

a-1569191285 Sep 02, 2019 07:47 AM
Cement Spill Downtown

Oh chillax. Nobody's perfect! And when YOU hit someone else in your vehicle it's not called negligence but accident. Wish you'd give others the same courtesy you expect for yourself... it's called the golden rule for a reason.

mrtrump Sep 01, 2019 10:52 AM
Cement Spill Downtown

To Luvaduck- Both the driver of the truck and the business can be sued for damages. If the owner of the business directed the driver to do something illegal or dangerous, then the owner of the business can be personally sued for damages. Criminal liability goes to the driver, and may go to the business and the business owner if the business/owner directed the driver to do something illegal or reckless.

Roger Aug 31, 2019 08:15 PM
Cement Spill Downtown

I guess it spilled for 3 blocks.. SBPD posted it on Facebook.

Roger Aug 31, 2019 12:31 PM
Cement Spill Downtown

Exact location of this spill unknown by me I first heard it was Cota at Anacapa but I heard other streets mentioned as well maybe for Traffic Control.

Roger Aug 31, 2019 11:43 AM
Cement Spill Downtown

638 Public Works call out SBPD, CHP on scene.

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