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Wednesday
Mar302016

DEQ involved over Spilt Milk? 

Boardman, Ore- A milk transport truck overturned on I-84 on Monday, March 28, spilling 7,000 gallons of milk. At about 5:41AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 167 (just east of Boardman). 

Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered that a semi-truck towing double tanker trailers had rolled over onto its side on the shoulder. They found the driver, James W Crow, age 62, of Kennewick, WA, trapped in the wreckage. Fire personnel worked for two hours to extricate Crow from the wreckage. He was transported to Good Shepard Hospital in Hermiston for life threatening injuries. Crow was subsequently transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he later died.  

Preliminary information indicates Crow was operating a 2016 Freightliner towing two tankers westbound on Interstate 84. For unknown reasons, Crow drifted off onto the right shoulder and rolled the truck and trailers onto their side. Approximately 7,000 gallons of milk were spilled at the site where it entered a small drainage ditch. The milk flowed a short distance before entering the ODFW managed Coyote Springs Wildlife area. ODFW responded and assessed no immediate loss of fish or wildlife had been observed. ODFW contacted DEQ and spill cleanup crews are awaiting their recommendations for any needed site clean-up.