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HANFORD — Taking a fast turn caused a Freightliner to overturn Tuesday and block part of state Route 198 in Hanford for four hours, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Just before 2:30 p.m., CHP officers from the Hanford area office said they responded to the area of state Route 198 and state Route 43 for a report of a traffic collision involving a big rig.

During the course of the investigation, CHP officials said they determined a 20-year-old man from Coalinga was driving a 2010 Freightliner and was hauling a trailer with a load of garbage on the westbound state Route 198 on ramp from northbound state Route 43.

CHP said the man was driving at a speed which was too fast for the conditions as he was making a right turn on the on ramp, which caused the Freightliner to overturn near the bottom of the on ramp.

The Freightliner came to rest on its side blocking both of the westbound lanes of state Route 198, officers said. As a result, they said westbound state Route 198 was closed for approximately four hours for the Freightliner and the spilled garbage to be removed.

The driver was taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford as a precaution and authorities said drugs and/or alcohol do not appear to be factors in this collision.

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