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Highway 22 Closed Indefinitely Following Fatal Crash

IDANHA, OR -- Highway 22 remains closed following a fatal crash near Idanha, Friday night. According to State Police, Ron Scurlock of Bend was driving a fuel tanker when he lost traction on the icy road and rolled the truck, at about 11 p.m. The fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, spreading to nearby brush; the 58-year-old was killed. 


A responding fire truck also lost control and rolled; other collisions were reported in the area but there were no other injuries. 
Scurlock's tanker was loaded with over 11,000 gallons of fuel; it’s unclear how much burned and how much spilled into the North Santiam River. Salem is using backup drinking water supplies until testing shows the river is safe. The DEQ is working to remove contaminated soil along the riverbank and ODOT is assessing damage to the roadway. The Department of Transportation tweeted Monday morning, "We have a contractor working on repairs to the road. About 300 feet of roadway was impacted by the crash."


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