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Tanker Truck Crash Closes Interstate 84 east of Multnomah Falls for 15 hours
07/25/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with assistance of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies, are continuing the investigation into a commercial tanker truck and semi-trailer tanker rollover crash that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about two miles east of Multnomah Falls for 15 hours. ODOT, fire and a hazardous materials response team reamined on scene Sunday night scene assessing the damage, coordinating clean up efforts and worked to re-open the eastbound lanes at 8:00 a.m.
 
According to OSP Trooper Justin Lane, on July 24, 2011 at approximately 5:00 p.m. a tanker truck pulling a semi-tanker containing an estimated total of 3,000 gallons of unleaded gasonline was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 34. The truck traveled off the right shoulder and collided into a guardrail, damaging about 500 feet of railing as the truck and trailer rolled onto their right side. The truck came to rest blocking the eastbound lanes and the trailer came to rest overturned on the other side of the railing.
 
The truck's driver, JOHN T. ROLLINS JR, age 31, from Portland, was transported by AMR ambulance to Providence Portland Medical Center for a precautionary examination. His injuries are believed to be minor. ROLLINS is a driver for Western Hyway Oil out of Portland, Oregon. He was using safety restraints.  Lane later cited ROLLINS for Fail to Maintain a Lane of Travel.
 
The semi-tanker contained about 1,500 gallons of fuel. A fire department official reported it was leaking about a gallon a minute and pumping equipment was arriving to pump out the remaining fuel. The truck's tanker also contained about 1,500 gallons of fuel and had a minor leak that was being controlled. Oregon Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team 03 Gresham-Multnomah County responded to the scene.
 
The 14 regional teams respond to hazardous materials emergency incidents that exceed the resources of local jurisdictions. They are a technical resource for local incident commanders. More information about these teams is available on the Office of State Fire Marshal website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/HazMat_Teams/577957HazMatBrochureSmall.pdf
 
In addition to the above-mentioned agencies, Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District #14 and Cascade Locks Fire Department responded to the scene. A small fire that started was put out shortly after fire personnel arrived.