- Posted September 9, 2013 by
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Wipeout on South Villa
The driver was apparently able to self extricate himself and his two dogs before rescue personnel arrived. California Highway Patrol Officers would not release the man’s identity at the scene, although he was sitting across the street.
The driver of the truck became agitated and asked Gold City Gazette reporter, Cookie Arnett, what right she had to take pictures of his truck. When officers and Cookie told the man she was from the media, he became dejected and would not even make eye contact with her.
Ms. Arnett had been in a meeting and was not able to reach the scene until two hours after the wreck had occurred. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) was on scene, but power was still out. Officers stated that power would likely be out until late Sunday evening. One officer also told Ms. Arnett that she was the first member of media personnel to respond to the scene.
At approximately 7:15 p.m., the Toxic Avengers HazMat Team was called to the scene after PG & E observed a suspicious liquid in the area. Environmental Health and Fish and Game were contacted as well and asked to respond to the scene.