Fatal crash on Highway 38

A head-on collision killed one person this morning on Highway 38 near Scottsburg.

According to Oregon State Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Office, a regional HazMat team from Coos Bay is on the scene with local fire agencies and ODOT.

The crash, at approximately 6:07 a.m., involved a pickup driven by an adult male and a 2002 Ford F550 truck with two occupants who reportedly were transporting helicopter fuel and drums of Atrazine, a herbicide similar to Roundup.

The truck came to rest down the embankment off the highway. Some of the fuel leaked down the embankment in the direction of the Umpqua River, but at this time there appears to be no danger to fish and wildlife, according to an OSP news release.

A regional HazMat team from Coos Bay responded to handle the spill and coordinate cleanup. Four drums containing Atrazine fell out of the truck into brush along the embankment. U.S. Coast Guard, DEQ and ODFW were notified.

The pickup came to rest on the highway and its driver was pronounced dead at the scene. At least one of the two occupants of the other vehicle were transported by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport.

Highway 38 was blocked in both directions for three hours, and at 10:50 a.m. OSP reported that only the eastbound lane was blocked, with ODOT helping traffic get through the area.

Traffic updates can be seen on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.


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