Busy I-680 Near Fremont Closes Due To Fuel Spill

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September 16, 2019 - 6:15 am
A big-rig truck crashed on I-680 and spilled fuel on the freeway, causing major traffic congestion near Fremont on Sept. 16, 2019 .

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A busy stretch of I-680 northbound near Fremont was closed on Monday morning due to a big rig truck that crashed and leaked fuel on the freeway.

The spill from the truck that jack-knifed at 1;45 a.m. was treated as hazardous material. 

All northbound lanes near Vargas and Andrade roads were shut until approximately 8:45 a.m. when authorities reopened two lanes. 

By then, many drivers had endured hours trapped in their cars while some had sought to get off the highway by driving along the median. 

Drivers who stretched their legs and answered the call of nature were returning to cars as the lanes reopened. Other vehicles appeared to have been possibly abandoned. 

In addition to the truck that leaked fuel from a tanker, three other vehicles were involved in the initial crash, the California Highway Patrol said

Niles Canyon Road and I-880 were alternate routes for drivers trying to pass near the area. 

Matt Bigler contributed reporting from Fremont.