September 25, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Highway 26 on the west end of the Warm Springs Reservation was closed for an extended period after Tuesday night's crash and hazardous materials spill after a commercial truck transporting fuel collided with a bull elk. The crash led to several thousand gallons of fuel spilling from the tanker. Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted Warm Springs Police Department at the scene for several hours overnight. Traffic updates for Highway 26 at the incident scene are posted on TripCheck.com as clean up efforts continue.
On September 24, 2013 at approximately 9:09 p.m., a 2014 Kenworth truck pulling a tanker trailer driven by KYLE TABER, age 31, from Bend, was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 81 when it struck a bull elk on the highway. TABER lost control as the truck and tanker trailer crossed into the westbound lane and rolled onto its side, sliding approximately 400 feet before coming to rest off the north side of the highway in bordering trees.
TABER was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Madras hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and was released on Wednesday. He was driving for Central Petro Inc, out of Bend.
The elk was dead at the scene.
Several thousand gallons of fuel reportedly spilled causing an extensive closure of Highway 26. Oregon Regional HazMat Team 3 responded to the scene to coordinate clean up efforts with ODOT, DEQ, EPA and fire personnel.
Two OSP troopers responded to the scene to assist Warm Springs Police Department.
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