Semi-truck crashes into North Santiam River from Highway 22

A semi truck wreck on Highway 22 near milepost 71 and went into the North Santiam River Monday morning.

A semi truck wreck on Highway 22 near milepost 71 and went into the North Santiam River Monday morning.

A semi-truck went off Highway 22 and crashed into the North Santiam River southeast of Detroit on Monday morning.

The Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Department responded to the crash at about 7:18 a.m. at milepost 71, just south of Marion according to dispatch records.

“The driver was able to exit the cab on his own accord, and made it across the swift and strong river with the help of a couple firefighters, some good samaritans, and a rope,” Idanha-Detroit wrote in a Facebook post.

“He was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.”

The tractor and two trailers were partially submerged in the river.

Highway 22 is not closed, but there are significant delays, said Oregon Department of Transportation spokeswoman Angelia Beers-Seyel said.

“There will be delays probably most of the day but it shouldn’t be anything significant,” Beers-Seyel said. “It does typically take a while to pull a truck of this size out of the river.”

The truck was for food transportation, but both of its trailers were empty, officials said.

There have been no reports of fuel releases from the truck, officials said. It has two fuel tanks that hold up to a combined 150 gallons of diesel.

NWFF Environmental, a contractor with the state, has put out boom and absorbents to capture any fuel released by the truck. They are also pumping fuel out of the tanks.

The crash was at a slightly different location than two tanker crashes — in 2017 and 2020 — that spilled gas into the North Santiam River.

More: Recent tanker crash, fuel spill similar to one at same spot on Highway 22 three years ago

This story will be updated.

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Semi-truck crashes into North Santiam River off Highway 22

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