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Driver falls asleep, 3,900 gallons of gasoline dumps on roadway

Highway 14 shut down near Roosevelt for hours Sunday, almost 4,000 gallons remain on ground

 


SR14 was shut down for more than 10 hours on Sunday following an accident just west of Roosevelt. The driver of a tanker truck carrying about 11,300 gallons of gasoline fell asleep, according to reports. The truck rolled over on the roadside and fuel leaked from the tank onto the highway.

Washington Department of Transportation began diverting traffic at US97 on the west end of the stretch of SR14 and at Paterson on the east around 11:30 a.m. Bart Treece of WSDOT says 7,403 gallons of gasoline were recovered from the tanker, leaving about 3,900 gallons on the ground. Washington State Ecology was on site to remove spilled fuel and contaminated soil.

The driver of the truck was transported to Klickitat Valley Health in Goldendale. The extent of his injuries was not reported. The highway was reopened around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night.

 

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