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Fuel tanker crash closes Highway 22

The driver was treated for minor injuries.

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 2:06 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 10:32 AM

IDANHA, Ore.-- A fuel tanker crash closed a more than 20 mile stretch of Highway 22 just east of Idanha, and a hazmat team worked to clean the spill. 

According to Oregon State Police, a fuel tanker overturned just after 7:40 a.m. Sunday, closing the highway eight miles east of Idanha all the way to Santiam Junction. 

Officials said the highway would be closed indefinitely.

According to the Department of Environmental Quality, the truck, owned by Space Age Fuel, was carrying more than 10,000 gallons of fuel, spilling about 6,500 gallons of gasoline into a roadside ditch. An unknown amount of the gasoline seeped into the North Santiam River, which provides drinking water for the city of Salem.

The truck also contained diesel. It is unclear how much, if any, was spilled.

Crews are working to pump the remaining fuel out of the truck and prevent more from entering the river.

The driver was treated for minor injuries. 

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