Photo by Tarmo Hannula

A California Highway Patrol officer collects information on a trailer that flipped over on East Lake Avenue at Holohan Road Monday.

The CHP said the trailer, heavily loaded with trash, broke loose from the truck towing it around 12:45pm while traveling east on East Lake Avenue. The trailer left gouges and black skid marks along the pavement and sidewalk of the newly built bridge that spans Corralitos Creek before turning onto its side.

The CHP added that the driver then fled the scene and left the overturned trailer along the heavily traveled intersection, causing a lengthy traffic back up. A tow operator from Chaz Towing was able to right the trailer and haul it off the road in swift order.

The CHP is still investigating the incident in hopes of tracking down the driver. No injuries were reported.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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