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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 31, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Crash spills hatchery salmon on Oregon highway

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m. |

The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore.  — Oregon state police are investigating whether the driver of a tanker truck was drunk when it crashed and spilled thousands of baby salmon onto a road in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates 11,000 juvenile salmon died in Tuesday’s wreck on state Route 126 east of Eugene.

The truck was hauling salmon from a hatchery that’s low on water because of problems with a dam on the McKenzie River. The fish were going to be released in a river south of Eugene.

State police Lt. Josh Brooks told The Register-Guard the initial blood test showed the driver had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

The driver was taken to a hospital with a broken shoulder. His name hasn’t been released.

ORIGINAL POST |

The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — A tanker truck that was moving juvenile salmon from a failing hatchery to safer waters crashed Tuesday, spilling thousands of fish on the side of the McKenzie Highway near Walterville.

The Register-Guard reports  the driver suffered a broken shoulder and a possible concussion in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates 11,000 juvenile salmon died.

The truck was hauling the final load out of 227,000 salmon that were moved to the Row River because of low water at the McKenzie Hatchery due to problems at the Leaburg Dam.

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