DAYVILLE - A tractor-trailer truck ran off the road and overturned in Rock Creek, spilling a full load of lumber into the water and across the embankment last week.

The accident occurred between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

Oregon State Police reported that Kevin G. McDaniel, 42, of Chico, Calif., was driving west on U.S. Highway 26 in a 2003 International truck, when he took his eyes off the road to check a road sign at the junction of Oregon Highway 19. The truck drifted across the westbound lane of the highway, crashed through a guardrail and went over the embankment above Rock Creek. The truck landed in the water, with its flatbed trailer partly submerged.

McDaniel was wearing a seat belt and he was not injured in the crash, but he was cited for failure to maintain the lane of traffic.

A preliminary investigation revealed there were no ruptures in any of the truck's fuel tanks, but SMAF Environmental, a Prineville-based environmental response agency, was called to the scene to pump oil and gasoline out of the submerged truck.

SMAF response manager Tom Kickenmaster said about two gallons of oil leaked into the water, but crews were able to clean it up quickly.

Kickenmaster said the truck and the lumber were cleared from the creek at about 7:30 p.m.

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