According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Jeff Willis, on April 10, 2008 at approximately 6:00 a.m. a truck and chip trailer operated by JUSTIN J. SHAFFER, age 36, from Dillard, was eastbound on Highway 138E near milepost 51 when, for an undetermined reason, it failed to negotiate a right curve and crossed the highway. The truck and trailer left the highway, traveled down a steep embankment and into the North Umpqua River.
SHAFFER was seriously injured and transported by Air Life to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SHAFFER was driving for Terrain Tamers Chip Hauling, Inc. and the trailer was empty.
An estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the river. ODOT Hazmat and First Strike Environmental of Roseburg responded to the scene to handle the diesel spill.
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. In addition to the mentioned agencies, local emergency responders also assisted at the scene. Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified about the spill.
Photograph Source: Oregon State Police