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Tanker truck overturns, prompting street closures and hazmat response

Streets are closed at Panama Lane and South Union Avenue in Bakersfield, Calif., after a big rig overturned and started spilling something Aug. 9, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kyle Harvey)

Police on Wednesday shut the area of Panama Lane and South Union Avenue off to traffic after a tanker truck overturned and started leaking a light crude oil.

A hazmat crew also responded.

A witness said the truck crashed while trying to make a left turn.


There was a shelter-in-place order, and crews siphoned the leaking substance and tried to keep it out of storm drains.

The driver wasn't injured in the crash.

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