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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Truck Carrying Dead Fish from Redondo Beach Crashes on Freeway; Scientists Find Toxins - 12th Mar 2011

Officials say the fish tested positive for a neurotoxin which caused them to swim into the marina.

Clean-up crews spent Friday afternoon cleaning up more dead fish -- but this time, it was on the 215 freeway in Colton.

A truck carrying a load of sardines that washed up in Redondo Beach's King Harbor Wednesday morning caused quite a stink when crashed during rush-dour around 3:20 p.m. Friday. The fish were being transported to a factory in Victorville where they were to be turned into fetilizer.

Crews spent 3 hours cleaning the slippery road near the Mount Vernon off-ramp using a mix of dirt and a special absorbent material normally used to clean up oil spills.

Earlier Friday, USC biologists reported that the sardines tested positive for a powerful neurotoxin, domoic acid, which caused them to swim chaotically into the marina.

They still believe critically low oxygen levels, not the toxin or an algae bloom, was the main cause of death. Read More