Crashes close Highway 126 Thursday in Powell Butte
Highway 126 in Powell Butte was closed for several hours Thursday after a crash that caused a hazmat spill, Peter Murphy of Oregon Department of Transportation reported.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Bill Elliott reported at 7:40 a.m. Thursday that the CCSO and Oregon State Police were working on multiple motor vehicle crashes on Highway 126 between Parish Lane and Minson Road.
The road conditions were icy with fog.
Two people were transported after the first wreck, a head-on crash near Minson Road involving a vehicle and a medical supply van that leaked liquid oxygen. The spill led to a lengthy closure to the area while a hazardous materials crew was called in from Eugene to clean up the spill.
Crook County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Dan Freauff said the second accident was a single-vehicle rollover near Parish Lane. No one was transported as a result.
The third accident, Freauff said, involved a car sliding off the road into the ditch, and no one was transported.
The highway was closed at milepost 8, two miles east of Powell Butte, as a result of the hazmat incident. A long-term detour was in place during recovery and cleanup, and the highway reopened around 3 p.m.
The names and conditions of those involved have not been released.