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Hazmat called to crash site

GORMAN -- A hazardous-materials squad was called early Wednesday to a remote spot along Interstate5 where a FedEx trucked overturned with a load that included packages containing volatile materials.

The truck being driven by Timothy N. Willyard, 46, of San Jose veered off the northbound Interstate5 about 2a.m., just north of Highway138, said Officer John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol.

Willyard was pulling two trailers filled with packages for FedEx delivery service, Lutz said.

The entire rig turned on its side onto Copco Road, which parallels the freeway. The driver wasn't injured, and the packages were being off-loaded at dawn.

-- Daily News

Search-rescue is U.N.-certified

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team, which trained in the Castaic area, has been certified by the United Nations as capable of handling worldwide emergencies.

It was the fourth team in the world to receive the recognition.

The team was evaluated by members of the United Nations along with representatives of the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Emergency Services and observers from the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group.

A certification came upon the completion of a three-day exercise at Castaic Lake, Universal Studios and the county Fire Department's Del Valle Training Center in Val Verde.

-- Daily News

New leak found in condor area

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST -- A second leak was found Tuesday night in a forest pipeline that spilled hundreds of gallons of oil and wastewater into a Fillmore-area creek that is frequented by endangered California condors.

Vintage Production California LLC, which operates the pipeline, found the leak. About 20gallons of medium-weight oil mixed with approximately 80gallons of groundwater had leaked. That was in addition to a much larger leak discovered after the pipe apparently froze last month and ruptured.

There is no sign any birds were injured. Crews hoped to complete the cleanup Wednesday.

-- Daily News
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