UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: From Humboldt Bay Fire:
On Monday, May 18, at 11:52 a.m. Humboldt Bay Fire crews responded to a call for an extrication at the corner of Fifth and Broadway streets, the same location of a similar extrication just 5 days prior.
Humboldt Bay Fire crews were able to extricate the driver within minutes of being on scene and transfer care to City Ambulance. The patient was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Although the fuel tanks remained intact, the tractor trailer began to leak various automotive fluids into the roadway and nearby drains. Crews quickly deployed absorbent to contain the leak and contacted Environmental Health and CalTrans to mitigate the possible exposure to the waterway.
Crews are actively working to right the overturned tractor trailer and remove it from the roadway, although members of the public can expect this stretch of Fifth Street to be closed for some time until that occurs.
Thank you to Eureka Police Department, City Ambulance, CalTrans, Environmental Health, and Humboldt Towing for their assistance on scene.
It is important to note that this is the second instance of an overturned tractor trailer on this exact section of Fifth Street within the last five days as crews responded to a similar incident last Wednesday, May 13.
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to urge the public, especially drivers of large vehicles and tractor trailers, to remain extra vigilant on the road, particularly around sharp turns during this rainy season.
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UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.:
Humboldt Bay Fire crews are on scene and report that the roadway is expected to be shutdown for approximately two more hours.
We regret to inform you that a big rig has once again overturned on Eureka’s Fifth Street near the intersection with Broadway — exactly the spot where a different big rig overturned last week.
Once again, Fifth Street is closed to through traffic. Avoid the area.
Now we take you to North Coast News, which is live at the scene.