MONITOR PASS CLOSED
Monitor Pass has been closed due to an asphalt spill. On Sunday, October 9th, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Peter Sevillano, from Jurupa Valley, was driving a truck tractor and tanker trailer combination carrying hot liquid asphalt. The driver was traveling south bound on SR-89 approximately 1 mile west of US-395, at an unknown speed. As the driver traveled southbound, for unknown reasons, he made an unsafe turning movement causing the vehicle to overturn on its left side. As a result of the collision and efforts to remove the vehicle from the roadway, approximately 3,000 gallons of liquid asphalt was spilled onto the east shoulder of the roadway creating a Hazardous Materials incident. The California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area responded to the scene and is currently investigating the collision. The driver sustained major injuries and was transported by CareFlight to RENOWN Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. The trucking company has contacted with a hazardous material contractor to clean up the spill and scene. The California Highway Patrol along with CalTrans is monitoring the cleanup. The SR-89 from SR-4 and US-395 will remain closed until the cleanup has been completed.