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Propane truck crash closes Hwy 126E east of McKenzie Bridge

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A propane truck crashed Wednesday, closing Oregon Highway 126E, a mile west of the intersection with historic McKenzie Pass Highway 242. (OSP)

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. - A propane truck crashed Wednesday morning, closing Oregon Highway 126E, a mile west of the intersection with historic McKenzie Pass Highway 242.

The highway was back open by 3:20 p.m.

Oregon State Police said troopers, firefighters and Oregon DOT crews responded to the scene.

ODOT indicated on TripCheck that all lanes of the highway are closed. | TRAFFIC MAP

"The roadway is closed until propane can be pumped from one truck to another," ODOT said in a statement at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday.

An ODOT spokesperson said the propane tank did not rupture. The truck's diesel tank rupture but is not leaking.

The road remained closed into the afternoon as a hazardous materials crew responds to clean up.

That stretch of the highway is subject to a Minimum Chain Restriction to carry chains or traction tires regardless of conditions, according to ODOT.

Travelers should consider alternate routes to Central Oregon , like Highway 20 east of Sweet Home and Highway 58 through Oakridge. | PASS CAMERAS

Joe Harwood from the Eugene Water & Electric Board said the accident site is not a threat to the McKenzie River and that propane would quickly dissipate into the air.

The McKenzie River is the sole source of drinking water for 200,000 people in Eugene and the surrounding area.

A gas tanker truck crashed 1/4 mile from the river in June 2017.

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