Truckload of sardines spill onto SoCal freeway

Thousands of dead sardines that fouled a Southern California harbor all week have spilled onto a freeway as they were being hauled to a composting center.

A California Highway Patrol dispatcher says a truck driver somehow dropped the slimy, reeking fish Friday afternoon on Interstate 215 in Colton. The sardines spread across two northbound lanes, causing traffic to back up for miles.

The dispatcher said no other vehicle was involved and no accident investigation was launched.

The sardines died late Monday when they became stuck in a Redondo Beach marina and apparently suffocated when they depleted the oxygen in the water. Crews have been scrambling to scoop tons of fish, but they suspended the cleanup Friday when a tsunami surge from Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake swept along the West Coast.