2,300 gallons of hazardous fuel spilled in tanker crash near Stayton, 12 Homes Evacuated
Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
|Fuel Tanker Crash||Roll-over crash Golf Club Road SE near Stayton|
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 was to remain closed to traffic until hazardous material cleanup crews were 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.