TANKER SPILL INJURES DRIVER, CLOSES ROAD
WHITE CITY, Ore. – A Monday night double-tanker truck crash sent one man to the hospital and spilled fuel on a rural roadway. Antioch Road reopened Tuesday morning after a 12-hour closure that allowed personnel to remove wreckage and to assess environmental impacts and fire danger.
On August 5, 2019, at 8:44 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a crash in the 11000-block of Antioch Road. The caller reported a tanker truck had overturned in the roadway, blocking both lanes and spilling fuel.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to the scene, along with personnel from Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights. The truck driver, Juan Jose Dominguez, 63, of Lacey, Wash., was transported by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The truck was registered to Croman Corporation of White City. The tank trailers were reportedly carrying aviation fuel to be used to support air operations for nearby wildfires.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Deputies say Dominguez was not impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Staff from the Jackson County Roads Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with the overnight road closure. Personnel from the local HazMat response team and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) were also requested to respond to the scene.
The wreckage was cleared early Tuesday morning and the road was reopened at approximately 9:15 a.m. Roads officials say some crews will still be working in the area Tuesday; motorists can expect intermittent closures throughout the day. Deputies suggest using an alternate route to help keep roadside personnel safe.
On Wednesday, Antioch Road will be closed again to through traffic between Highway 234 and Modoc Road as the clean-up effort continues. Residents on the closed portion of Antioch Road will be allowed access. Through motorists can easily get around the closure by detouring to the intersection of Highway 234 and Modoc Road.