Cave Junction man hurt in glass spill wreck that closed highway

Cave Junction man hurt in glass spill wreck that closed highway

Workers continue to clean up mirrored glass from a state highway this morning after a Cave Junction man lost control of the commercial truck he was driving Thursday and it rolled west of the Marion County town of Detroit, closing the highway for several hours.

Driver Dave Chavez, 54, of Cave Junction, was transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital in Stayton with what police described as minor injuries. It was unclear this morning whether he was still in the hospital.

Chavez was driving a Central Point-based Combined Transport Inc. truck on Highway 22 and was about four miles west of Detroit at 4 p.m. when he lost control of the truck and spilled the load of glass onto the highway, said Senior Trooper Doug Brown of the Oregon State Police in a media release.

The truck and glass blocked westbound and eastbound lanes, but with the help of flaggers traffic moved around the wreck on one shoulder of the road.

The highway reopened at about 9:20 p.m., police said, and flaggers remained at the scene this morning as workers continued to clean up glass.

An investigation into the accident is continuing.

— Staff reports

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