Head-on crash kills 1, leaks helicopter fuel

One person died in a head-on crash on Highway 38 between a pickup and fuel-hauling truck, April 12, 2014 (OSP)
One person died in a head-on crash on Highway 38 between a pickup and fuel-hauling truck, April 12, 2014 (OSP)

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. (KOIN) — A head-on crash killed one person and brought a HazMat team to Highway 38 near Scottsburg as helicopter fuel leaked down an embankment toward the Umqua River.

The crash between a pickup and a truck happened just after 6 a.m. Saturday, the Oregon State Police said. The truck, a Ford F-550, was carrying helicopter fuel and drums of the herbicide Atrazine, which is similar to RoundUp, officials said.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma pickup, Joshua Dale Ray Carter, crossed the center lines and hit the Ford head-on. Carter died at the scene. He was 22.

The truck, registered to to Applebee Aviation from Banks, Oregon, ended up down the embankment. Some of the fuel leaked and four drums of the Atrazine fell into the bushes. One of the two people in the truck was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

A Coos Bay HazMat team was called to the scene, and the US Coast Guard, the DEQ and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified.

It does not appear fish or wildlife are in any danger from the fuel leak and herbicide spill, officials said. The fuel stayed about 100 feet from the water.

Highway 38 was closed during the investigation, but traffic in the area remains slow.

KOIN 6 News will have more information later.

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