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Sandy driver cited for crash near Prineville

A HazMat team responded after diesel was spilled on Highway 126


A Sandy truck driver was cited Tuesday following an investigation by Oregon State Police into a traffic crash on Highway 126 west of Prineville.

At approximately 1:51 p.m. on Oct. 14, J. Monroe DeHaven, 34, of Sandy, was driving a semi-truck loaded with mint root stems eastbound on Highway 126 when he attempted to negotiate a downhill right curve. The load then shifted and overturned the truck, spilling the load along with approximately 50 gallons of diesel onto the highway.

A Prineville police officer witnessed the crash and called for help from Oregon State Police, Crook County Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and a HazMat cleanup team.

The highway was mostly blocked for more than 4 hours with just one lane of travel available for traffic.

DeHaven received only minor injuries and was subsequently cited for failure to drive within lane.

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