Box truck carrying acid other chemicals crashes, traps driver


Portland firefighters responded to a report of a box truck carrying acid and other cleaning chemicals that rolled over, trapping the driver inside, Sunday morning.

First responders were called to the area of Northeast Columbia Boulevard and Northeast 33rd Drive around 10:00 a.m. where the vehicle had left the roadway and was leaking fuel.

Portland Fire spokesperson Lt. Damon Simmons said it took crews about a half hour to get the driver out of the cab of the truck.

"This is one of the tougher ones, one of the longer ones, but it is not the toughest ones we've faced," Simmons said.

Here is the scene of the crash at Columbia and 33rd. Eastbound Columbia down to one lane. @fox12oregon— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) September 25, 2016

He added the man driving the truck was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

FD says driver has serious but non-life threatening injuries. Columbia will likely be partially closed for a few more hours.— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) September 25, 2016

Firefighters were concerned with the hazardous materials like acids and other cleaning chemicals that were inside the back of the box truck.

"We didn't have any the most dangerous chemicals leaking, some of those acids, it doesn't appear those were leaking it was the fuel," Simmons said.

Part of Columbia Boulevard was closed for several hours for cleanup from the crash.

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