Police were warning of traffic jams and bad smells after a sewage truck overturned onto the center divider on Highway 101 in Palo Alto and spilled waste onto the roadway early Wednesday afternoon.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to the two-vehicle crash on Highway 101 south of San Antonio Road after the accident was reported around 12:30 p.m., said CHP spokesman Officer Art Montiel. Officers blocked three lanes in each direction because the truck was obstructing traffic. By about 2 p.m., one northbound lane had been opened.
Redwood City CHP tweeted that motorists should expect delays, and “it might be very stinky in the area.”
Montiel, at the scene at 2 p.m., said the truck had been carrying about 1,000 gallons of sewage, but “only a small amount” had spilled. The waste spread over the first, second and third southbound lanes, he said. CalTrans was emptying the truck so it could be put upright and removed, Montiel said.
Montiel described the stench in the area of the crash as “not too bad.”
The sewage truck had been traveling northward just south of the San Antonio Road off-ramp when a black sedan cut it off while attempting to take the ramp, causing the truck to veer right, hit a barrier on the shoulder and lose control, the CHP tweeted.
No injuries were reported.
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