Cornelius Pass reopens 28+ hours after tanker spill

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This tanker-trailer carrying liquid fertilizer rolled over and spilled some of its contents at the corner of NW 8th Avenue and NW Cornelius Pass Road July 10, 2013. (KOIN 6 News/Dean Barron)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Efforts continued Thursday to clean up more than 2,000 gallons of liquid fertilizer that spilled following a tanker truck rollover crash Wednesday morning along a steep roadway in Northwest Portland.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, one lane of NW Cornelius Pass Road was reopened between Highway 30 and NW Skyline Boulevard.

According to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday the truck was taking a steep curve on Cornelius Pass Road, near 8th Avenue, when it rolled onto its side, cracking the tanker and leaking about 2,150 gallons of fertilizer onto the roadway and the soil that lines the shoulder.

Responders originally expected the road to reopen by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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A tanker rollover on NW Cornelius Pass Road closed the stretch of road between Highway 30 and Skyline Boulevard for more than 28 hours beginning 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, Dean Barron)

The fertilizer was initially determined not pose a serious health risk.

The tanker was removed Wednesday. However, Bravo Environmental, a private hazardous materials company, was still working to remove all the contaminated soil as of Thursday morning.  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was scheduled to inspect the area Thursday.

Meanwhile, Multnomah County officials report that before 8:40 a.m. a logging truck had a mechanical failure and stalled on a steep section of nearby NW Logie Trail Road, closing the road between Highway 30 and Skyline Boulevard. It reopened by 11 a.m.

The following detours were in place:

  • Small cars and trucks could use Northwest Cornell and Germantown roads Newberry Roads.
  • Large trucks were advised to use Highway 30 to Interstate 405 to Highway 26.
  • Trucks with hazardous cargos should use Highway 30 to Interstate 405, Interstate 5 and Highway 217.

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