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Oregon fish tanker rolls but majority of salmon survive the crash

A fish tanker truck crashed on March 29 in northeast Oregon, but fortunately, the majority of its aquatic cargo survived the accident.

What happened: The truck, operated by an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) employee, toppled as it navigated a sharp corner, rolling several times before coming to a halt.

The tanker was carrying 102,000 spring Chinook smolt (juvenile salmon). Despite the crash, around 77,000 fish managed to reach nearby Lookingglass Creek and survived.

Driver's condition: The driver sustained only minor injuries and is in stable condition.

Reaction from ODFW: "This should not impact our ability to collect future brood stock or maintain full production goals in the future,” said Andrew Gibbs, ODFW's fish hatchery coordinator for Eastern Oregon.

The destination for the salmon was the Imnaha River, where they were to be released for recreational and tribal fishing, as well as to bolster declining wild salmon populations.

The accident occurred as the hatchery-raised fish were in transit from the Lookingglass Hatchery.

Authorities have not announced any environmental concerns following the incident, with the focus on the safety of the driver and fish survival.

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