News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 24, 2015 5:11 p.m.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 24, 2015, Clackamas County Sheriff 's Office deputies responded to the report of a jackknifed semi truck that was spilling hot asphalt into the Sandy River near E Barlow Road and E Road 14 in Brightwood, Oregon.
When deputies arrived at the location, they discovered the tanker-truck on the road -- and the tanker-trailer it was hauling was dangling off the steep embankment while still connected.
The tanks were reported to contain 14 tons of liquid asphalt. Some of the liquid asphalt spilled down the embankment and entered the Sandy River from the rear tanker.
Currently ( June 24, 2015, 5:11 p.m. ), E. Barlow Trail Road is closed at this location while tow trucks work to secure and remove the tanker-trailer. The road is not estimated to re-open until after 6:00 p.m. today (June 24).
The truck and trailer are owned/operated by Washington Trucking Inc, of Everett, Washington. The driver was identified as Michael David Banta, 47, of Brush Prairie, Washington. The driver has been cooperative with this investigation.
This incident is under active investigation by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Hoodland Fire Department also responded to the location to assist. The Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at the Office of Emergency Management was notified regarding this incident. Officials from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are responding to the location to determine the impact and clean-up procedures.
Deputy Marcus Mendoza
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office