A big-rig carrying 45,000 pounds of beer overturned, blocking two lanes of I-580 in Pleasanton Thursday morning.
A California Highway Patrol officer said the driver had a coughing fit while hauling the beer in the freeway's westbound lanes just past Foothill Road at 3:12 a.m. He began to choke, blacked out briefly and his truck overturned.
CHP Officer Daniel Hill said that while the doors of the trailer opened and some of the load fell out, the biggest challenge in removing the truck was getting the heavy trailer back upright.
The 45,000 pounds of beer need to be removed before the trailer can be moved, Hill said. The cans of Coors Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon were on their way from Los Angeles to Richmond.
The truck driver was taken to a hospital with a complaint of pain, but any injuries he suffered were minor, Hill said.
Two lanes of the highway were reopened around noon, according to the CHP.