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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Overturned vehicles close highway


Last updated 6/24/2021 at 4:36pm

Katie Teachout

The driver (right) of a tanker truck carrying hydraulic fluid talks with his passenger (left) as the spill response crew arrives to perform cleanup on Highway 395, about 19 miles south of Ritzville Thursday, June 18.

LIND - U.S. Highway 395 was partially closed twice in two days following truck crashes that coated the roadway with oil and asphalt.

The first crash occurred Thursday, June 18, near southbound Milepost 75, and the second Friday, June 19, near northbound Milepost 78, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Thursday's 1:15 p.m. incident involved a northbound tanker truck carrying hydraulic oil, the patrol reported.

The vehicle entered the median and overturned, spilling the thick oil on the median and across the southbound lanes, the patrol report said.

The patrol identified the driver as...

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