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Propane Tanker Crash Closes Highway 205 South of Burns for 7 Hours
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Highway 205 south of Burns re-opened following a Monday morning propane truck crash and subsequent propane leak. The bulk of the propane has been off-loaded to another tanker by company safety personnel and the truck's driver was transported to a Bend-area hospital with serious injuries.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Master Sergeant Gordon Larson, on March 7, 2011 at approximately 9:30 a.m. an ED Staub & Sons tanker truck pulling a tanker trailer driven by KELLY EDMONDSON, age 58, from Burns, was traveling on Highway 205 near milepost 6. EDMONDSON was in the process of passing a farm tractor operated by JACKIE WESTLAKE, age 26, from Burns, when the tractor attempted to turn into a driveway. The tranker truck and tanker trailer went off the highway. The tanker truck overturned causing propane to leak, leading to a near 7-hour highway closure.
OSP Trooper Andrew McClaym responded to the scene and provided initial treatment to EDMONDSON who was seriously injured. EDMONDSON was first taken by ambulance to Burns Hospital and then transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
OSP, ODOT, Harney County Sheriff's Office, Burns Fire Department and local ambulance personnel were all involved during the initial response.
WESTLAKE was not injured.
Highway 205 had periodic closures until the vehicles were removed. ODOT and Burns Fire Department remained on scene.