Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Levee Repair Whoops!

Levee repair truck rolls into river
By Kim Minugh - Bee Staff Writer Published 12:00 am PST Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A truck involved in levee repair work slipped into the Sacramento River near Miller Park on Monday, tying up representatives from several agencies for more than five hours.

No one was injured in the incident, which began at 2 p.m., and no hazardous materials spilled into the water, said Battalion Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department.

The truck had been parked on the boat ramp with its trailer closest to the water. It was carrying trees that were being loaded on to a water barge to be later chained to levees for fish habitat, King said.

For unknown reasons, the truck rolled trailer-first into the water. In about 20 feet of water, the truck drifted about 100 feet before being stopped by a tugboat, Capt. Jim Doucette, department spokesman, said.

Officials recovered the truck at about 7 p.m.