An overturned tanker spilled thousands of gallons of fuel east of Salem, and state environmental officials say some seeped into into North Santiam River, which supplies drinking water in Salem and other communities.
The Department of Environmental Quality said the truck, owned by Space Age Fuel, was carrying 6,500 gallons of gasoline and 4,100 gallons of diesel. All of the gasoline was spilled, but it’s unclear if any of the diesel spilled.
The driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Oregon State Police Capt. Timothy Fox.
The crash occurred early Sunday at mile marker 63. The highway remains closed from Detroit to the U.S. 20 junction.
The department had dispatched an emergency cleanup crew to contain the spill, and health officials were notifying downstream water providers. It wasn’t immediately clear how the spill might affect the water supply.
— The Oregonian/OregonLive