Asphalt big rig overturns |

Asphalt big rig overturns

A big rig loaded with asphalt overturned on Highway 49 Saturday near Cherry Creek Road causing traffic delays, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The asphalt spilled on both sides of the highway, the CHP said.

“There was a lot of asphalt on the highway,” Capt. Jerry Funk of Nevada County Consolidated Fire District said Sunday. “It was hot asphalt.”

Carol A. Henderson, the 34-year-old driver, was transported to Auburn Faith Hospital with unknown injuries, the CHP reported. A nurse supervisor said Sunday that Henderson was no longer a patient at the hospital.

The cause of the 2:49 p.m. accident is unclear.

Brake failure could have caused the driver of the truck, registered to Lindeman Brothers Inc. of Sacramento, to fishtail, swerve left, and overturn down an embankment, the CHP said in a press release. The windshield of a second vehicle was broken when it was hit with debris from the truck.

The highway was never closed, the CHP said, and the roadway was cleared by 5:25 p.m.

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