Investigators search for damage from fuel leak

The eastbound right lane of Interstate 84 east of Multnomah Falls will remain closed for about a mile through Wednesday, July 27, where a gas tanker crashed Sunday night.

The lane closure will allow hazardous materials investigators to inspect for damage caused by 900 to 1,000 gallons of gasoline leaking from the two tankers that crashed at about 5 p.m. Sunday, July 24, near milepost 34, about two miles east of Multnomah Falls, said Kimberly Dinwiddie, Oregon Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Contractors will check for damage to groundwater, soil and seepage under the highway roadbed, as well as damage to the roadway. On Tuesday, crews cleared brush and started work on the 500 to 600 feet of guardrail damaged in the crash.

All eastbound lanes of the highway closed starting at the Troutdale exit after the accident Sunday, in which a tanker truck towing a semi tanker ran off the shoulder and collided with 500 feet of guardrail before the tanker truck and semi trailer rolled onto their sides, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

Combined, the tanker truck and semi tanker contained 3,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline.

The truck came to rest blocking the eastbound lanes and was leaking a gallon of gas a minute before crews pumped out the remaining fuel. The overturned trailer landed in a ditch on the other side of the railing and had a minor leak that firefighters controlled.

Driver John T. Rollins Jr., 31, of Portland was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Portland Providence Medical Center.

The highway reopened just after 8 a.m. Monday, July 25.

Gresham Fire and Emergency Service's HazMat crew, Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District 14, Cascade Locks Fire Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded.

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