It was a long day for hazardous material teams in Ventura County yesterday, as they had to deal with two unrelated spills along the same road outside of Santa Paula.
The first accident happened just before eight yesterday morning, on South Mountain Road near Willard Canyon. Ventura County Fire officials say the driver of a tanker truck apparently lost control of the vehicle, and it overturned, spilling hundreds of gallons of crude oil. The driver was unhurt. The spill was quickly contained, but it wasn’t until late in the day before the remaining oil was pumped out of the wreckage.
Then, just after 2 p.m., liquid fertilizer being pumped from a tanker at a nearby South Mountain Road ranch spilled, with about 300 gallons of the substance ending up on the ground. A Ventura Fire Department hazardous materials team helped control the problem.
South Mountain Road was closed for most of the day yesterday.