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OSP: Truck Hauling Jet Fuel Overturns Near Umatilla

AP | Feb. 26, 2013 8:29 a.m.

Oregon State Police say a truck hauling 10,000 gallons of jet fuel overturned onto railroad tracks in northeastern Oregon, where the truck cab and a cargo tanker were hit by a train. The truck driver escaped with minor injuries and no environmental damage was reported.

Lt. Gregg Hastings says very little fuel was spilled.

Trooper Jerrad Little says a truck driven by 72-year-old Richard James of San Antonio, Texas, ran off U.S. Highway 730 on Monday morning in the Umatilla area. The truck and its tankers went down an embankment and overturned, with the truck cab ending up on Union Pacific tracks.

James was able to get out of the truck and was later taken to a hospital.

Hastings says the highway was blocked for about eight hours. The truck suffered major damage.

Hazmat teams, police, highway and railroad officials responded.

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