Cleanup continues after deadly fuel truck crash along Umpqua River
SCOTTSBURG, Ore. - The deadly crash that claimed the life of a Eugene man last week also spilled some of the 10,000 gallons of fuel aboard the tanks his truck was hauling.
Work continues to remove that fuel-soaked soil and replace it with new soil, as well as mitigate impacts to the Umpqua River.
"We have traffic on a temporary detour, a one lane detour flaggers at each end of the work zone, holding traffic," said Dan Latham with the Oregon DOT. "Traffic will be delayed about 15 to 20 minutes in each direction."
The fuel spill happened along the Umpqua River near Scottsburg.
"We're digging out the soil on the side of the road and in the roadway because it seeped down fairly low," Latham said.
ODOT officials said crews are digging about about 20 feet deep and 200 feet wide.
They hope to wrap up this work by the weekend, but it could continue into next week.
Oregon DEQ said there are no signs of gas or diesel fuel from the spill in the Umpqua River.
They've added monitioring wells and booms, floating barriers to contain oil spills.
Those who live in the area say they're worried about their drinking water.
"The water table and the river and what it's going to do to the wells, and to the surrounding wells in the ground," said local David Gerardo. "That's how we get our water, we don't have city water. We all have wells or springs."
So far, DEQ officials don't see cause for alarm.
"We will continue to take samples of the ground water and at this point it's not something that we have evidence of happening," Jennifer Flynt with DEQ said.
She said there's no indication of any contamination to the drinking water.
The DEQ will do long-term monitoring of the ground and surface water.