Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

Crews use street cleaners as they work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

A truck driver arrested last week after his tanker truck crashed on Interstate 5, spilling thousands of gallons of used motor oil and snarling traffic for much of the day, has been released from the Lewis County Jail pending results of a blood-draw, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told the Nisqually Valley News Monday.

The driver, Jeffrey T. Anderson, 53, of Yelm, was arrested by the Washington State Patrol Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. Investigators later obtained a warrant for a sample of Anderson’s blood to determine if he was indeed under the influence.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

National Response Corporation crews work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Anderson was in custody until Friday, when the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office asked that the charge be dismissed and Anderson be released.

Meyer said his office plans to refile charges depending on the results of the blood draw. Because the state crime lab is so backed up, he said it makes more sense to wait to file charges until results are back.

The crash occurred at 4:22 a.m. Wednesday at milepost 85.5 on northbound I-5. The truck reportedly left the road to the right, hit a guardrail and swerved across all three lanes of traffic before overturning. The road was completely closed for much of the day while a state Department of Ecology contractor worked to clean up the oil spill.

Oil Spill

An oil tanker trailer overturned early Wednesday morning and spilled 1,800 gallons of used motor oil on the freeway. All lanes were closed Wednesday for the cleanup

The Department of Ecology estimated that 3,000 gallons of used motor oil leaked following the crash. The oil was spread over several miles after vehicles drove through the aftermath of the crash.

In a Facebook message to the Nisqually Valley News, a family member of Anderson said he was not driving under the influence and that he was experiencing health issues.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

National Response Corporation crews work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

Hazardous Materials Specialist Ron Holcomb, of the Department of Ecology, talks about the cleanup process as crews work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

National Response Corporation crews work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

National Response Corporation crews work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

Hazardous Materials Specialist Ron Holcomb, of the Department of Ecology, talks about the cleanup process as crews work to clean up motor oil on Interstate 5 after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Crews Work To Clean Up Oil After Tanker Overturned

WSDOT crews block Interstate 5 as crews work to clean up motor oil after an oil tanker overturned near milepost 85 Wednesday morning in Centralia.

Traffic Backup

Traffic was backed up through Centralia due to a semi crash north of the city that spilled 3,000 gallons of motor oil.

Traffic Backup

Traffic is seen backed up along North Tower Avenue Wednesday morning due to a rollover crash on Interstate 5 that spilled nearly 2,000 gallons of motor oil on the roadway near the Lewis and Thurston county line.

Oil Spill

An oil tanker trailer overturned and spilled 3,000 gallons of used motor oil on the freeway earlier this summer. 

Oil Spill

An oil tanker trailer overturned early Wednesday morning and spilled 1,800 gallons of used motor oil on the freeway. All lanes were closed Wednesday for the cleanup

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