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August 25, 2011
The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Salem opened after one lane was blocked when a tanker trailer disconnected from a commercial truck.
The truck and tanker trailer is registered to Bulk Transport out of Portland, Oregon, and is on the inside shoulder this afternoon while company representatives off-load the contents before removing it from the area.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Tim Plummer, on August 25, 2011 at approximately 11:20 a.m. a commercial truck pulling a tanker trailer containing 4,500 lbs of alkaline copper complex was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 248 in the left lane when the tanker trailer disconnected from the truck and came to rest blocking the left lane.
The tanker remained intact and no contents leaked from it.
OSP, ODOT Incident Response and Motor Carrier Enforcement Division, and Salem Fire Department responded to the scene. ODOT Motor Carrier Enforcement Division conducted an equipment inspection and is looking at a mechanical failure as a possible factor.
No enforcement action was taken at this time.