Fuel Tanker Crash Leads to Evacuation of 12 Homes
Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
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Officials from Marion County Public Works have continued to communicate with contractors working at the spill site. To date, over 5700 tons of contaminated soil has been removed. Contractors anticipate Golf Club Road being reopened later this afternoon, April 2nd, 2021.
Deputies have identified the driver involved in the crash as Robert Boyce, 64, of Gervais. Boyce has been charged with reckless driving and reckless endangering. Boyce is scheduled to appear in Marion County Circuit Court later this month.
Since the crash involving the fuel tanker on March 23rd, Golf Club Road has remained closed, open only to local traffic. Marion County Public Works is in active communication with contracted hazardous material clean up crews working on site to ensure the removal of contaminated soils and damage repairs are conducted in a safe and timely manner. Public Works officials are advised that the closure on Golf Club Road will remain in effect over the weekend and into next week.
---Original Release from 3/23/21---
At approximately 12:20 a.m. on March 23rd, 2021, deputies were dispatched to the report of a fuel tanker involved in a roll-over crash in the 9500 block of Golf Club Road SE near Stayton. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they located a 2019 Kenworth fuel truck and trailer belonging to Oregon Petroleum Transport Company overturned on the side of the roadway, leaking fuel. The driver was not injured in the crash.
Officials from the Stayton Fire Department requested a hazardous materials team from the Salem Fire Department respond to help contain the spill. Deputies coordinated with the Stayton Police Department and Oregon State Police to evacuate 12 nearby residents who were able to take temporary shelter at the Stayton Community Center until additional assistance was provided by the American Red Cross.
Deputies and fire crews remained on scene for several hours while the remaining fuel in the tanker and trailer were pumped out to another vehicle. Prior to the crash, the vehicle was carrying approximately 11,400 gallons of fuel. Initial estimates at the scene indicate as much as 2,300 gallons of fuel were spilled during the crash.
Investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency Crash Team and the Marion County Weighmaster were called to the scene to investigate. Interviews at the scene lead deputies to believe driver fatigue may have played a role in the crash. No charging decision has been made at this time.
Golf Club Road will continue to remain closed to traffic until hazardous material cleanup crews are able to complete a safety assessment of the spill area, remove and replace contaminated soils and make any required repairs to the roadway. There is no current estimate for when the roadway will reopened to vehicle traffic.
The response to this crash involved extensive coordination between several partner agencies. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Stayton Fire Department, Stayton Police Department, Marion County Public Works, Oregon State Police, Salem Fire Department, and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office for their collaborative efforts during this response.