County of Marin - News Releases - Milk Tanker Truck Crash

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2015

Overturned Milk Tanker Closes Shoreline Highway

Thousands of gallons of milk spill near Tomales Bay

Woodacre, CA -- A tanker truck carrying milk overturned on Highway 1 in West Marin, sending the driver to a hospital for evaluation and forcing the shutdown of both lanes for several hours.

The truck, heading south near Nick’s Cove on Shoreline Highway, failed to negotiate a turn and landed on its side shortly before noon. The crash caused a hatch to fail and allow approximately 4,000 gallons of milk to be discharged from the tank.

Additionally, about 100 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled. Firefighters were able to contain the fuel with absorbent materials.

At the time of the accident, the milk was approximately 100 yards from Tomales Bay. Crews continued to monitor possible threats to bay waters. As of 4 p.m., the road remained closed to traffic.

The driver of the truck was evaluated by Marin County Fire Department paramedics and was transported to a hospital for evaluation. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.


Mike Giannini
Battalion Chief
Marin County Fire Department

33 Castle Rock Ave.
Woodacre, CA 94973
(415) 473-2595
Email: Mike Giannini
Marin County Fire website