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Molasses Covers Highway 395 Following Injury Truck Crash north of Wagontire
12/05/2008
Sergeant Brian Williams
Oregon State Police - Burns
Office: (541) 573-6132

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Two people received non-life threatening injuries in a commercial vehicle crash Thursday afternoon that closed Highway 395 between Riley and Wagontire. Highway 395 was closed for three hours because of a large molasses spill and until the wreckage could be moved to the shoulder.
 
On December 4, 2008 at about 2:45 p.m. a commercial truck pulling two tanker trailers loaded with molasses was southbound on Highway 395 near milepost 17 south of Highway 20. The truck's driver, JULIO CESAR GIL-JUAREZ, age 22, from Twin Falls, Idaho, reportedly swerved two avoid several deer crossing the roadway. The tractor and trailers left the roadway off the west shoulder as the driver tried getting back onto the roadway. Both trailers and the tractor subsequently rolled over and came to rest blocking the highway.
 
The crash resulted in hundreds of gallons of molasses spilling onto the road and into ditches on both sides of the highway. The material is non-hazardous and caused very little environmental impact. Less than five gallons of diesel fuel also leaked from the truck's fuel tanks.
 
Highway 395 was closed for three hours. After the vehicles were moved to the shoulder area, there was an additional partial closure for several more hours while the wreckage was removed.
 
GIL-JUAREZ and his female passenger, ENDIRT MUNOZ, age 21, also from Twin Falls, both received minor injuries. They were transported by Burns EMS to Harney District Hospital.
 
Oregon State Police (OSP) cited GIL-JUAREZ for Careless Driving.
 
OSP troopers from the Burns work site was assisted at the scene by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Burns EMS and ODOT.