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Highway closed following accident, diesel spill

MONMOUTH — Two people were injured, one seriously, in a collision Thursday morning on Highway 99W just south of Monmouth.

January 21, 2014

MONMOUTH — Two people were injured, one seriously, in a collision Thursday morning on Highway 99W just south of Monmouth.

According to Oregon State Police, at approximately 6:33 a.m. along Highway 99W near Stapleton Road, a 1989 Mazda MX6 driven by Hyatt Walberg, 29, from Corvallis, was traveling northbound when it crossed the centerline and collided into the left side of a 2004 Freightliner truck and the first of two semi-trailers loaded with lumber.

The left side diesel tank was ripped off and spilled diesel across the highway. The truck caught fire and was burned to the ground while firefighters from Dallas and Polk County Fire District No. 1 worked to prevent further spreading.

Walberg was seriously injured and extricated by firefighters. She was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

The truck's driver, Dwaine Merchant, 65, from Tillamook, received minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

The highway was closed about three hours.

Any witnesses who have not spoken to an investigating trooper are asked to call Senior Trooper Bridget Taylor at 503-472-0294, ext. 255 or bridget.taylor@state.or.us.