Truck crashes into slough, spilling diesel and wood chips

COOS BAY, Ore. - A chip truck driver suffered minor injuries Monday morning when his truck crashed off Highway 101 into a slough near Coos Bay.

The crash took out 100 feet of guardrail and spilled diesel fuel and wood chips into the water.

Oregon State Police is investigating the cause of the crash. The response caused partial lane blockage in both directions.

The truck pulling a trailer loaded with wood chips was northbound when it traveled off the highway between the north and southbound lanes just before 11 a.m.

The truck came to rest in the slough and the trailer broke apart spilling wood chips in the water and on the bank.

The crash scene is near Shinglehouse Road, about two miles north of the Highway 42 junction.

The 43-year-old male was taken by his employer to a local hospital for a medical examination.

The crash damaged about 100 feet of guardrail.

ODOT personnel are on scene accessing damage and assisting with traffic control.

An estimated 100 gallons of diesel has spilled into the water. DEQ, Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS), US Coast Guard and a hazardous material response team have been notified for response.