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Highway 38 Fatal Crash Update #2
One person is confirmed deceased and two others received minor injuries Saturday morning following a reported head-on traffic crash involving two vehicles on Highway 38 near Scottsburg. Oregon State Police (OSP), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, local fire personnel, a regional HazMat team, and ODOT responded to the scene. The eastbound lane is still closed for vehicle recovery and continued clean up at the scene. At this time there appears to be no danger to fish or wildlife and a minor spill was about 100 feet from the Umpqua River.
Updated information indicates on April 12, 2014 at approximately 6:07 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a report of a head-on crash on Highway 38 near milepost 18. Subsequent reports confirmed one person was deceased. The crash involves a pickup driven by an adult male and a 2002 Ford F550 truck with two occupants reportedly transporting helicopter fuel and drums of Atrazine, a herbicide similar to Roundup.
The truck came to rest down the embankment off the highway. Some of the fuel leaked down an embankment in the direction of the Umpqua River, but at this time there appears to be no danger to fish and wildlife. A regional HazMat team from Coos Bay responded to handle the hazardous material spill and coordinate clean up. Four drums containing Atrazine fell out of the truck into brush along the embankment. US Coast Guard, DEQ and ODFW were notified.
The pickup came to rest on the highway and its driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. At least one of the two occupants of the other vehicle were transported by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport.
Highway 38 was blocked in both directions for three hours and now only the eastbound lane is blocked with ODOT helping traffic get through the area.