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Gravel truck crashes off 30th above Laurelwood Golf Course

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A gravel truck left running along 30th Avenue took off without the driver and crashed down an embankment above the Laurelwood Golf Course on Tuesday, Eugene-Springfield Fire said. No one was injured. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - A gravel truck left running along 30th Avenue took off without the driver and crashed down an embankment above the Laurelwood Golf Course on Tuesday, Eugene-Springfield Fire said.

No one was injured.

Firefighters responded with a Hazmat team to clean up any fuel or other material that spilled from the truck.

Multiple tow truck crews were on scene working to pull the truck back up the slope. Firefighters anticipated the recovery effort could take several hours.

The crash happened after the driver put the truck in park near the guard rail on the north side of 30th, firefighters said.

At some point, the driver got out of the truck and left it running, firefighters said

"The driver was outside of the vehicle waiting to proceed to a nearby job site when the vehicle for a some reason broke free and fortunately didn't hit any cars or anything on the roadway on the way down," Battalion Chief Leo Giles said.

The truck knocked down two trees as it crashed down the hillside. Crews are working to remove the trees as part of the recovery effort, firefighters said.