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Non-Injury Truck Crash, Fire Leads to 4 Hour Closure of Highway 97 North of Madras
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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One commercial truck burned to the ground Tuesday night after being involved in a collision with a cow and another commercial truck on Highway 97 about fifteen miles north of Madras. The crash and fire led to a four-hour highway closure before one lane could be opened.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Scott Sogge, on April 19, 2011 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a commercial truck traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 78 struck a cow in the roadway. The collision caused the driver to lose control, swerving into the northbound lane where it sideswiped a northbound commercial truck and trailer. The initial impact with the cow caused damage that led to the truck catching fire and eventually burning to the ground. Its semi-trailer loaded with frozen beef received some fire damage.
Jefferson County Rural Fire personnel responded to the scene to control the fire. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office assisted OSP at the scene.
The northbound truck and trailer had minor damage. The drivers were not injured and their names are not available for this release. The cow was killed when struck by the southbound truck.
ODOT was still on scene this morning at 2:00 a.m. to help coordinate removal of the remaining vehicles. The frozen beef had to be off-loaded onto another trailer.