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Scottsburg Bridge closed through weekend; crash put wooden pallets, diesel fuel in river

Highway 38 remained closed Thursday in the wake of a truck crash on the Scottsburg Bridge that sent a trailer-load of wooden pallets into the Umpqua River Wednesday afternoon, Oregon State Police said. (OSP photo)

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. - Highway 38 will remain closed through the weekend in the wake of a truck crash on the Scottsburg Bridge that sent a trailer-load of wooden pallets into the Umpqua River Wednesday afternoon, Oregon State Police said.

"There is no ETA to reopen the highway," police said Thursday. "ODOT bridge engineers are on site with ODOT maintenance staff. Closure signs are located along Oregon 38 in Reedsport and Elkton as well as on Interstate 5 and U.S. 101."

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Motorists traveling between the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast should use Highway 42 or Highway 126 until further notice, state police said.

The crash happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

A semi hauling empty wooden pallets crashed through the bridge railing, trapping driver Sergi Borodin of Seattle in the wreckage.

Firefighters pulled the 26-year-old from the wreckage and took him to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

"The crash resulted in a trailer falling into the river and pallets floating downstream," state police said. "Diesel fuel (...) also spilled into the river and is being addressed by DEQ."

Police said speed contributed to the crash, and that Borodin was later issued a citation for "several traffic violations."

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