WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) — A loaded oil tanker that took a curve on SR-14 too fast crashed into a guard rail and tipped, spilling as much as 4000 gallons of oil onto the highway about 8 miles east of Washougal.
The semi-truck crashed around 5:30 a.m., tipping onto its side in the eastbound lane. Three different agencies, towing companies and clean-up crews — including the Department of Ecology — all responded to the scene.
“We’re looking at approximately 3000 to 4000 gallons of hot oil that has since cooled and is now sticking to the highway,” WSDOT spokesperson Tamara Greenwell told KOIN 6 News.
The cleanup crews will have to pull all the oil off the road before it can be re-opened.
“This particular type of oil is used to patch up roads and some other stuff,” one person with the Department of Ecology said. “The problem is it makes the roads incredibly slick if it doesn’t have some other products in it.”
The road reopened early Wednesday morning.