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Crashed semi spills sewage onto I-5, blocks highway for hours

by: OREGON STATE POLICE - A semi-truck blocked Interstate 5 near I-205 Monday afternoon after it crashed into another large truck carrying sewage. The sewage truck spilled hundreds of gallons of sewage onto the highway.

A crashed semi-truck along Interstate 5 in Tualatin blocked traffic for hours, Monday afternoon, after sewer waste spilled onto the roadway near the intersection of Interstate 205 in Tualatin.

Oregon State Police said that an SUV and a semi-truck carrying sewage were traveling northbound on Interstate 5, Monday afternoon, in the far right lane.

The two vehicles had were nearing milepost 289 when the sewage truck was struck from behind by another commercial truck pulling a trailer.

The sewer truck was pushed forward by the impact, slamming into the back of the SUV.

by: OREGON STATE POLICE - Crews clean up sewage along Interstate 5 near the intersection with Interstate 205. The highway was closed for about three hours after a semi truck crashed into the sewage truck at about 12:15 p.m.)

Above: ODOT cameras survey the scene as TVF&R firefighters respond to the crash. Two people may have received minor injuries, OSP said in a statement.The truck and semi-trailer veered left across the northbound lanes before stopping near the center median, blocking the left and center lanes of the highway.

About 300 gallons of sewer waste spilled onto the highway.

The highway was closed for about three hours while crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation cleaned up the spilled sewage.

The drivers of the sewer truck and the SUV might have had minor injuries, Oregon State Police said in a statement, but neither driver wanted medical treatment.

The driver of the semi- truck, a 44-year-old commercial truckdriver from Fresno, Calif., was not injured in the crash. He was cited for following too closely.



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