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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Crash sends truck dangling over Oregon bridge rail

This photo provided by the Oregon State Police shows a truck hanging over the bridge. An Oregon State Police spokesman said the truck driver has been cited after a commercial truck hauling lumber products crashed at an Umpqua River bridge in southern Oregon, leaving the truck and trailer hanging over the bridge railing above the waterway. Lt. Gregg Hastings says an estimated 100 gallons of diesel leaked into the river Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Oregon State Police)

This photo provided by the Oregon State Police shows a truck hanging over the bridge. An Oregon State Police spokesman said the truck driver has been cited after a commercial truck hauling lumber products crashed at an Umpqua River bridge in southern Oregon, leaving the truck and trailer hanging over the bridge railing above the waterway. Lt. Gregg Hastings says an estimated 100 gallons of diesel leaked into the river Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Oregon State Police)

SALEM, Ore. — Authorities say a driver has been cited after a truck hauling lumber products crashed at an Umpqua River bridge in southern Oregon, leaving the truck trailer hanging over the bridge railing above the waterway.

Oregon State Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings says an estimated 100 gallons of diesel leaked into the river Thursday.

The spokesman says 54-year-old Brian J. Neeley of Sheridan was cited for careless driving and failing to drive within a lane. He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

State police say the truck pulling a flatbed trailer was negotiating a left curve when it hit the guardrail and went onto the bridge railing. The lumber products spilled off the trailer as it went over the railing. Crews from multiple agencies responded to clear the scene.

Traffic on Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge was disrupted for hours.

The state Transportation Department dispatched a bridge inspector to check for damage.

A hazmat team responded to handle the diesel spill.

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