Police: Tanker truck crash explodes in flames, damaging Highway 58
OAKRIDGE, Ore. – A major semi-truck crash and explosion covered both lanes of Highway 58 in wreckage and fire late Saturday night. Now, one lane is open and ODOT is working to flag traffic through the area.
According to Oregon State Police, the crash occurred around 10:40 p.m.
Police say a CMV tanker truck pulling two trailers with 10,000 gallons of fuel overturned and erupted in flames. The fuel tanks the truck was pulling exploded, sending wreckage across both lanes of the roadway.
Emergency responders are on scene trying to either locate the driver outside the vehicle, or attempting to identify any remains inside.
ODOT reopened the westbound lane of OR 58 at milepost 20 around 6:20 a.m. Officials are flagging traffic through the area.
ODOT says the tanker truck crash caused extensive pavement damage to the eastbound lane.
Travelers should expect delays until the pavement is repaired.
ODOT says the eastbound lane could remain closed for at least several days while Hazmat cleans the area.
Kyle Hove from OSP said as of 1:30 a.m., the fire was still burning and there were several firefighters on scene.
Overnight, traffic was detoured to OR 126 via the Jasper/Lowell Highway.
Oakridge Police Department and Hazmat are also on scene.