A Salt Lake City, Utah, man was not injured when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Jan. 3, 2012, at approximately 1:03 a.m. The accident occurred on State Route 97 at milepost 14.8, 1.5 miles north of Goldendale.
According to the report, Visesio L. Salt, 51, was driving his 2007 International Tractor with loaded trailer northbound on SR 97. The driver lost control of the semi on the ice. The semi left the roadway off the northbound shoulder, coming to rest on its left side.
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Soil cleanup was ongoing Jan. 4 at the site of a semi truck accident where approximately 250 gallons of diesel fuel and engine oil spilled onto the river bank and into the Little Klickitat River along Highway 97.
The spill occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) was on the scene again Jan. 4 where a contractor was using a backhoe to excavate soil that had been contaminated with the diesel and oil.
A unified command with the Washington Department of Transportation, the Yakama Nation, and Ecology is coordinating the response and making cleanup decisions.
The truck, owned by New Legend Trucking, overturned onto the riverbank, causing the spill. New Legend hired the National Response Corp. (NRC) to conduct the cleanup work. NRC is removing soil and collecting diesel and oil in absorbent boom and pads placed at the water's edge. Soil will be hauled to a special disposal facility where it is treated and disposed.
The truck, the truck's trailer and its contents, were pulled up and hauled off on Jan. 3, giving cleanup crews better access to the soil.
Once cleanup is done, NRC will start work to restore the streamline and the riverbank to their natural state.
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday's two-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two adult men and non-life threatening injuries to a third man on Highway 35 about 13 miles north of Mt. Hood Meadows.
According to Trooper Brent Ocheskey, on Jan. 6, 2012, at approximately 12 noon a 2008 Subaru Impreza driven by Issac Tobias Ackerman, 25, Hood River, was southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 78. Approaching a right curve, Ackerman lost control on ice and slid broadside into the northbound lane were it was struck in the side by a 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by William Douglas Halverson, 61, from Odell.
Ackerman and passenger Joseph Julius Cabrera, 21, from The Dalles, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were using safety restraints. They were headed to the mountain to snowboard.
Halverson was also using safety restraints and received non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was cited for no operators license (suspended in California) and also had a warrant for fail to appear - DUII for which he was also cited to appear due to treatment for injuries received in this crash.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Hood River County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Parkdale Fire Department assisted at the scene. Highway 35 was closed about four hours during the scene investigation.