Crash spills, kills 11,000 fish on Oregon highway
EUGENE, OR - A tanker truck moving young salmon from a failing hatchery crashed and spilled thousands of fish on the side of a highway in western Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates 11,000 juvenile salmon died in Tuesday's wreck east of Eugene.
The truck was hauling the last load of an estimated 227,000 salmon from a hatchery that's low on water because of problems with a dam on the McKenzie River. The fish were to be released in a river south of Eugene.
The Register-Guard reports that the driver missed a curve and crashed into a power pole. The truck ended up on its side in a ditch.
The driver suffered a broken shoulder and a possible concussion in the wreck on Highway 126.
Images: Chelsea Gorrow/The Register-Guard