The Linn County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday, May 23, that a petroleum tanker truck driver had perished in a crash west of Lyons, Oregon.
Before 10:40 a.m., 911 call takers got word that a tanker truck had collided in the 4600 block of Lyons-Mill City Drive. They heard reports of explosions while on the road.
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The driver of a fuel tanker truck died Tuesday after crashing outside of the town of Lyons, Oregon, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.https://t.co/veAl1YxbVO
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The preliminary investigation indicates that Lebanon resident Steven Froemke, 63, was driving a 2000 Kenworth Carson Oil tanker east when he failed to properly negotiate a turn, causing the vehicle to leave the road and crash into a tree. On the spot, Froemke’s death was confirmed.
The sheriff’s office reported, “Several hundred gallons of fuel, including regular grade, supreme, and diesel fuel, were spilled, continuing to burn for hours.” “The fire departments and hazmat crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading and ensure the fuel was contained within the area.”
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According to authorities, no evidence exists that a fuel spill tainted the neighboring water source. Even though authorities have yet to determine what caused the crash, they have stated that “there is no indication of impairment.”