WALNUT CREEK -- A garbage truck driver was hospitalized and a pickup truck driver escaped injury after the two vehicles collided Tuesday on Interstate 680 near the Highway 24 interchange, the California Highway Patrol said.

The rollover crash happened around 11:25 a.m. while the two trucks were traveling south on I-680 just south of Olympic Boulevard, CHP Officer John Fransen said. The garbage truck tried to change lanes to its right and wound up hitting the pickup truck, Fransen said.

The two vehicles then became entangled and hit the cement wall on the right shoulder before spinning back out across the lanes of traffic and into the far-left barrier, Fransen said. The Waste Management truck hit the barrier with such force that it crashed through the barrier and blocked lanes in the northbound direction.

The garbage truck driver suffered minor to moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, Fransen said. The pickup driver was fine, he said, and no other injuries were reported.

The wreck spilled about 10 gallons of fuel onto the roadway and snarled traffic in both directions after CHP closed the far left lanes in each direction to clean up debris and move the truck. The closed northbound lane was opened at 1:50 p.m., but the No. 1 lane in the southbound direction was not expected to open until at least 5 p.m.

A hazardous materials team also was at the scene, cleaning up fuel that spilled. The CHP said some of that oil went into a drain.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.


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