- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (AP) - Cleanup crews are on scene near Washougal, where a tractor-trailer hauling two tankers of hot oil crashed and spilled about 3,000 gallons (11,356 liters).

The Columbian newspaper reports (https://goo.gl/hGc19h ) that according to the Washington State Patrol, the driver approached a 40-mph (64 kph) curve going 60 mph (97 kmh) on state Highway 14 Tuesday morning, eight miles (13 km) east of Washougal. When the rear tanker began to drift, the driver overcorrected and hit a guardrail.

Washington State Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Treece says that of the 10,000 gallons (37,854 liters) the rig was carrying, about 3,000 spilled on the road and nearby grass. State Department of Ecology employees responded to assess the damage, but it’s not clear how long the cleanup will take.

Authorities closed both lanes of the highway.


Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com

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