Fuel Tanker Crashes in Southern California

AKERSFIELD, CA - AUGUST 14: A fuel container truck leaves the Shell Bakersfield Refinery in the town of Oildale on August 14, 2004 near Bakersfield, California. The refinery will continue to operate past its planned October 1 shutdown as part of an accord between Shell and state Attorney General Bill Lockyer who has been pressuring Shell to keep the plant open or find a buyer. The move to keep the plant running until December 31 or beyond is being called a temporary victory for California motorists as closing the 70,000 barrel a day refinery could escalate already-high gasoline prices. Shell, the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, says local supplies of crude oil have declined. California's Central Valley is one of the nation's most important agricultural and oil producing areas.  (National Journal)

A truck carrying crude oil crashed on the Long Beach Freeway on Sunday, creating a massive fire, NBC reports.

The truck was transporting 8,000 gallons of crude, which spilled onto the freeway creating a massive oil slick that stretched across two lanes. No fatalities were reported and the driver was in critical condition.

The fire resulting from the wreck prompted the evacuation of residents living nearby. The spill's environmental impact has yet to be determined.