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Hwy 22 back reopens a week after deadly fuel truck crash

Highway 22 through the Santiam Canyon could open by mid-day Friday, the Oregon Department of Transportation said Thursday. (ODOT)

IDANHA, Ore. - Oregon Highway 22 is back open, almost a week after a fuel truck crashed on the icy road and caught fire, killing the driver and setting nearby trees on fire.

The crash claimed the life of Ronald Edward Scurlock, 58, of Bend.

An estimated 11,000 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the road and into the North Santiam River, upstream from Salem's drinking water intake.

Oregon DOT kept the highway closed all week as crews worked to clean up the spill and repair a stretch of road the length of a football field.

That caused some problems for people using GPS navigation systems, police said: Detours onto forest roads left some stranded without gasoline, or stuck in the snow.

Regardless of which highway you take, use caution crossing the Cascades this weekend.

"It’s snowy up in the mountains today so please travel safely," ODOT said on Facebook. | PASS CAMERAS

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