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Fish Tanker Truck Crashes

(La Grande, OR) -- A tanker truck carrying 102-thousand Chinook smolts for release into the Imnaha River in Northeast Oregon crashed northeast of Elgin. The semi rolled onto its top. The crash happened along Lookingglass Creek and 77 thousand smolts made it into the creek. Twenty-five thousand smolts died in the tanker or on the ground. The driver suffered minor injuries. The smolts represent 20 percent of the total that will be released into the river. Fishery managers expect as many as 900 fewer adult fish will return in 2026 and 2027. The 77-thousand fish that made it into the creek should bring a return of up to 700 adults.

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