PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A tractor-trailer carrying a load of liquid fertilizer rolled over and spilled some of the contents in Northwest Portland, closing the area for hours while clean-up took place.
The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday as the truck rounded a curve on NW Cornelius Pass at NW 8th Avenue. The westbound truck landed on its side at the corner and spilled the non-toxic fertilizer.
The two tanks carrying the fertilizer and the diesel fuel need to be drained before the truck can be righted. A crane will be needed for that, and then a tow truck will take the tractor-trailer away.
Wade Bruffett of Bravo Environmental said the driver of the truck is OK.
"He's fine, a little knot on his head. Other than that, he'll be good," he told KOIN 6 News.
The sheriff's office is investigating the exact cause of the crash. Responding crews said if the diesel tank had punctured, then the spill would have been much worse.
Update: The Cornelius Pass road between Skyline and Highway 30 remained closed as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officials told KOIN 6 News they expect the road won't reopen until sometime after midnight.
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