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Driver OK after Big Rig Rollover

By Claire Scholl, NewsChannel 3 Assignment Editor,
Published On: Feb 25 2014 05:06:17 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 26 2014 10:10:56 AM CST

The driver's seat belt saved his life after he said he made a mistake and lost control.


A big rig truck that overturned closed the southbound side No. 2 lane of Highway 101 Tuesday.

The accident happened just after 2 p.m. near the Gaviota Tunnel in Santa Barbara County.

Emergency crews on scene said there is a fuel leak form the truck. The driver and owner of the truck from El Centro said he was carrying a heavy load of utility wire when he hit the shoulder and over-corrected. The semi rolled over into a small ditch on the side of the road.

The driver who was wearing a seat belt said he felt blessed.

He was not hurt or cited and insurance will cover his losses.


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