Incident Name: Fort Tejon Incident
Incident Time:

07:40:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 04-01-2020
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials Incident
Hazardous Material: Ferric Chloride Solution
Injuries: 2
Equipment Assigned: KCFD Engines 56, 357; Truck 55; USAR 52; Hazmat 66;  Battalion 5; Safety 5; Breathing Support 66; C4; PIO
Total Personnel: 21

Lebec, CA

Wednesday, April 1, at 7:40 a.m. dispatchers received a call reporting two semi trucks that had collided in the north bound lanes of I-5, just south of Fort Tejon. As additional information was received from callers, it was determined that one of the trucks involved was transporting approximately 4,000 gallons of Ferric Chloride Solution and the product was leaking. The driver of the semi truck that collided with the chemical tanker was still inside of the vehicle. Kern County Fire Department Hazardous Materials and Urban Search & Rescue teams were added to the response. Firefighters first on scene, assessed the scene for a rescue and established a hard closure of north bound lanes of I-5. Firefighters were able to avoid contact with the product and rapidly remove the unconscious driver from the semi to relocate him for medical treatment and transport via air ambulance. A second patient who was the driver of the tanker truck was treated for non life threatening injuries and transported via ground ambulance. KCFD Haz-Mat crews and Kern County Environmental Health assessed and monitored the incident for additional life threat potential. There were no injuries to fire personnel.

Ferric Chlorine Solution is a corrosive substance that is toxic if swallowed. Its primary use is as a water treatment chemical. An estimated 3,000 gallons of product spilled from the tank.

Partner Agencies CHP, Cal Trans, Kern County Environmental Health, Hall Ambulance, Department of Fish and Game. 

Text Size