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home : current news : current news January 17, 2018


12/16/2017 10:21:00 AM
Highway 22 closed west of Sisters

The Highway 22 route west into the Willamette Valley is expected to remain closed for most of today as crews work to clean up fuel spilled in a fatal wreck last night.

On Friday, December 15 at approximately 11 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to the report of a crash on Highway 22 near milepost 64 involving a 2001 Kenworth Central Petro fuel truck.

Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle lost traction on the icy road and rolled over coming to a stop blocking the highway. The fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, spreading to nearby brush.

An Idanha-Detroit Fire Protection District fire engine that was responding to the scene also lost control on the icy road and rolled onto its side. The driver was uninjured. There were additional collisions in the area that resulted in no injuries.

The driver of the fuel truck was identified as 58-year-old Ronald Edward Scurlock from Bend. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Sisters Fire unit was dispatched for mutual aid but was called off before reaching the scene.

(Note: Officials originally misidentified the origin of the engine that rolled over. This post has been edited to reflect the correct that information).





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