PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Highway 22 will remain closed through at least Friday as crews work to clean up over 10,000 gallons of spilled fuel after a semi truck crash on Sunday.
A semi truck hauling double tankers crashed on Highway 22 Sunday, forcing a 20-mile closure. Officials say that 2,800 gallons of diesel were recovered but 7,871 gallons of mostly gasoline were released in the environment, with some seeping into the North Santiam River. The river provides drinking water for nearby communities and the city of Salem, but authorities say the water is still clean and safe to drink.
The Oregon Department of Transportation said the highway is closed between milepost 60 and 81 (Santiam Junction). ODOT officials said travelers will want to avoid the area and use an alternate route such as U.S. Route 20 or Oregon Route 126.
No injuries were reported in the crash that caused the spill.
ODOT crews said they will continue to pump the fuel from the tankers and prevent more from entering the North Santiam River. They added it will take several days to remove contaminated soil and to fix the road where the tanker crashed. A 600-foot stretch of road needs to be entirely excavated and rebuilt.