RICHMOND -- Cleanup crews worked for several hours Wednesday after a flatbed truck crashed into a double tanker-truck near Interstate 580, spilling diesel fuel onto a freeway onramp and into storm gutters, authorities said.

Approximately 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after the truck rear-ended the tanker, said Adam Springer, a hazardous materials specialist for Contra Costa County. The wreck happened on Hoffman Boulevard near I-580 at around 7:45 a.m., Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The Harbour Way/Cutting Boulevard offramp on eastbound I-580 was closed, according to the California Highway Patrol and was re-opened Wednesday afternoon, the CHP said. The onramp was shut down only briefly after the crash, and traffic on I-580 did not appear to be affected.

The area along Hoffman Boulevard was closed for clean-up until about 3:30 p.m.

A hazardous materials team brought in another tanker truck with a pump to suck out the remaining diesel in the affected tanker, Springer said.

A team also went into the storm drain pipe to seal it off, before using a pump to remove the material from the drain.

"This is a pretty common issue," Springer said. "We deal with this all the time."

The double tanker-truck was parked in the 500 block of Hoffman Boulevard when the flatbed truck came around a turn and collided with the back tank, Abetkov said. Neither the driver nor passenger in the truck were seriously injured.

The driver of the tanker was inside a nearby Burger King having a meal when the collision happened, Abetkov said.


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Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.