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Hwy 22 closed after tanker crash spills fuel into Santiam River

The tanker spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline and some seeped into North Santiam River, which supplies drinking water to Salem and other communities.

IDANHA, Ore. — Highway 22 east of Detroit will be closed until at least Friday, possibly Saturday after a semi hauling double tankers with fuel overturned Feb. 16, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

The tanker spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline and some seeped into North Santiam River, which supplies drinking water to Salem and other communities. The Department of Environmental Quality told KGW that any contamination will dissipate before it reaches Salem or any community.

The truck was carrying 6,500 gallons of gasoline and 4,100 gallons of diesel, according to the DEQ. All of the gasoline spilled, but the DEQ said they don't know if any of the diesel spilled.

The crash happened 8 miles east of Idanha, which is east of Detroit, and the highway is closed between milepost 61 and Santiam Junction.

Crews recovered about 2,830 gallons of fuel on the day of the crash, the DEQ said.

The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

It's unclear what caused the crash.

U.S. 20 and OR 126E are the alternative routes for most traffic traveling between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon, transportation officials said.

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