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Highway 22 Could Reopen This Week

IDANHA, OR -- Highway 22 through the Cascades will be closed much of this week because of Friday night's deadly fuel tanker crash and explosion. The truck was carrying 11,600 gallons of gasoline when it slid on the icy highway east of Detroit and rolled. The crash caused a massive fire and killed the driver, 58-year-old Ron Scurlock of Bend. 


Lou Torres, with Oregon's Department of Transportation says, "Not only did the intense fire but the spilling of the fuel really damaged a lot of the asphalt – about a 300’ section of the roadway." He says there's a lot of work to do before traffic can return, "So, we really have to go in there and do some excavation, and then we're going to have to rebuild part of the road, for sure, and then repave it." He says ODOT hired a contractor that began work Sunday, "Our goal is to try and get the road open hopefully sometime this week."


Fuel also spilled into the North Santiam River. Early testing of drinking water intakes downstream did not show the presence of gasoline; more details analysis is expected Tuesday. 






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