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Overturned Tanker Closes Eastbound Lanes of Interstate 84 west of Cascade Locks
07/08/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 just east of Warrendale in the Columbia River Gorge will remain closed for several hours while emergency responders work to clear an overturned tanker that crashed Wednesday morning on a bridge over McCord Creek.  One tanker spilled a approximately 3,000 gallons of hot paving asphalt onto the freeway, some of which reportedly has leaked into the small creek below the bridge.
    
Preliminary information indicates on July 8, 2009 at approximately 5:45 a.m. a tanker truck pulling a tanker trailer was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 38 negotiating a slight left curve approaching the bridge over McCord Creek.  The driver, SERAFIN LARA, age 54, from Yakima, Washington indicated the truck pulled to its right and struck a concrete barrier along the freeway shoulder.  The vehicles continued eastbound as the tanker truck overturned onto its right side until coming to a stop on the east end of the bridge.  The tanker trailer did not overturn but two axles separated from it.

LARA was using safety restraints and was not injured.  He was driving for Granite Northwest Inc transporting approximately 67,000 lbs. of hot paving asphalt to Selah, Washington.  The front overturned tanker was leaking after the crash.  His company is assisting ODOT and NRC Environmental Services with coordinating cleanup efforts.  ODOT has personnel enroute to assess the environmental impact caused by the leaking product.

Oregon State Police troopers, with the assistance of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the crash.

Gresham Fire and Emergency Services Haz Mat Team and Cascade Locks Fire Department are on scene.

ODOT has closed eastbound lanes and is helping to clear up an approximate one mile stretch of vehicles caught in the back up.  Westbound lanes are open.