Fuel truck crashes on icy Oregon highway, killing driver and setting brush on fire
IDANHA, Ore. - A fuel truck crashed on an icy Oregon highway and caught fire, killing the driver and igniting the nearby brush, Oregon State Police said.
A fire engine en route to the scene also crashed, police said - one of several crashes near the scene of the fatal wreck.
The trucker - Ronald Edward Scurlock, 58, of Bend - died at the scene.
The crash happened at 11 p.m. Friday on Highway 22E.
Troopers found that a 2001 Kenworth Central Petro fuel truck lost traction on the icy road and overturned, coming to a stop blocking the highway.
"The fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, spreading to nearby brush," state police said. "A Gates Fire Department fire engine that was responding to the scene also lost control on the icy road and rolled onto its side. There were additional collisions in the area that resulted in no injuries."
The highway remained closed as of 10:15 a.m. | REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION
"The road will remain closed for much of the day for the clean up of fuel that spilled from the tanker, Oregon DOT said. " Travelers should avoid the area and use alternative routes."