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Driver injured after tanker truck overturns on Antioch Road

Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Fire District 3 say that the truck spilled fuel along the road. The driver was injured and taken to the hospital.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 10:31 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 6:38 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. --

UPDATE: The overturned tanker truck on Antioch Road spilled roughly 2,500 gallons of "Jet A" aviation fuel on the west side of the raodway near White City, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Antioch Road is currently closed between Hwy 234 and Modoc Road as crews stage for further clean-up operations. That closure will remain in effect "until further notice," ODOT said.

DEQ said that the truck was carrying about 7,500 gallons of fuel when it crashed. Croman Corporation, which had requisitioned the fuel to supply helicopters working on local wildfires, has personnel on the scene and is coordinating with fire and Hazmat teams. Croman has already hired an environmental crew to do the clean-up work.

There are no domestic wells or surface water around the crash site that could be threatened, according to DEQ. Excavation to remove contaminated soil will most likely begin Wednesday, with some drilling slated to begin on Tuesday afternoon.

(Updated 8/6/19 at 2 p.m.)


UPDATE: Antioch Road was reopened around 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning following a 12-hour closure caused by an overturned tanker truck and resulting fuel spill, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday night, dispatch received a call reporting a crash in the 1100-block of Antioch Road. The caller said that a tanker truck had overturned — blocking both lanes and spilling fuel on the roadway.

Sheriff's deputies, firefighters and paramedics responded. 62-year-old truck driver Juan Jose Dominguez of Lacey, Washington, was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center. The Sheriff's Office said that his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

"The truck was registered to Croman Corporation of White City," JCSO said. "The tank trailers were reportedly carrying aviation fuel to be used to support air operations for nearby wildfires."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Deputies say Dominguez did not appear to be impaired by alcohol or drugs.

A HazMat response team and officials from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) also responded to the scene to help with the fuel spill.

"The wreckage was cleared early Tuesday morning and the road was reopened at approximately 9:15 a.m.," JCSO said. "Roads officials say some crews will still be working in the area Tuesday; motorists can expect intermittent closures throughout the day. Deputies suggest using an alternate route to help keep roadside personnel safe."

The Sheriff's Office said that on Wednesday Antioch Road will be closed again to through traffic between Highway 234 and Modoc Road as clean-up efforts continue. Residents on the closed portion of Antioch Road will be allowed access. Through motorists can easily get around the closure by detouring to the intersection of Highway 234 and Modoc Road.

(Updated 8/6/19 at 10 a.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Antioch Rd between Modoc Rd and Highway 234 is currently closed due to an overturned tanker truck. 

Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Fire District Three say that the truck spilled fuel along the road. The driver was injured and taken to the hospital. 

The roadway will remain closed until the truck is removed and the spill is cleaned up.  

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. 

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