Truck crash prompts road closure near White City
A truck carrying aviation fuel being used to support air operations on southwest Oregon wildfires crashed Monday night on Antioch Road, sending the driver to the hospital and closing the thoroughfare for the night while a hazmat team cleaned up leaking fuel.
The crash occurred at 8:44 p.m., according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle, a Croman semi-truck towing 5,000 gallons of aviation fuel, was traveling from the Beagle helibase in Shady Cove back to headquarters in White City when it overturned and crashed in the 11000 block of Antioch Road, near the intersection with Loch Lomond Drive, Medford Fire-Rescue reported.
Numerous agencies responded, including Jackson County Fire District 3, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Region 8 Hazmat Team, Mercy Flights, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jackson County Roads Department.
The driver, 63-year-old Juan Jose Dominguez of Lacey, Washington, was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. Crews stayed on scene through the night, with hazmat crews leaving the scene at about 4 a.m. and other personnel leaving about two hours later after the truck was towed from the scene. ODOT and Jackson County personnel assisted with the overnight road closure while Hazmat crews cleaned up the spilled fuel.
“They just returned at 6:30 this morning,” Fire District 3 public information officer Ashley Blakely. “(Crews) were able to transfer the fuel from the damaged tanker into another tanker.”
The road reopened at 9:15 a.m., but crews were expected to be present throughout the day, and drivers in the area were told to plan for intermittent closures of the road Tuesday. The road will be closed again Wednesday for additional cleanup efforts, though residents of the closed portion will be allowed access.
The cause of the crash was still under investigation.
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