Oops, cement trucks pours load on Santa Barbara street

September 1, 2019

A cement truck driver, who accidentally hit the spill button instead of mix button, poured cement on a Santa Barbara City street. [Cal Coast Times]

The spill spanned three blocks of De La Guerra Street, near East Cota and Anacapa streets. Police officers shut down a portion of the street for several hours while city crews cleaned up the spill.

Investigators inspected the truck and discovered several equipment and vehicle code violations. It was the driver’s first week operating the truck on his own.

The police department is asking the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office to file charges against the driver and Mission Ready Mix for spilling hazardous waste, dumping a load on the roadway, and not securing a load. The city is also looking to recoup the cost of cleaning up the spill.

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Wait, the P.D. is “asking for criminal charges”? Gee, I didn’t know Cantrell and Dow were in charge down there in Santa Barbara County? Sounds like a Cantrell-style over-reaction to draw attention away from her own incidents.

Criminal charges are not appropriate, IMHO. This cement discharge is a simple civil matter error, occurring in the normal human-fallibility course of commerce making some destination property nicer for human enjoyment, and isn’t the ecological tipping-point trip wire of doom of the century.

Just charge money for the clean up, and drop the idea of Draconian “criminal” charges.

Career ender.