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Semi-truck driver distracted by puppy in cab crashes near Usk spilling 9,300 gallons of diesel

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USK, Wash. -

UPDATE: 

Highway 211, about nine miles south of Usk, will be down to one lane Tuesday morning beginning at 8:00am while crews continue to work on cleaning up the diesel spill from Monday's semi-truck crash. 

Previous Coverage:

The Washington State Patrol says Highway 211 is blocked after a semi-truck with two fuel tankers overturned just south of Usk. 

Troopers say the crash happened about nine miles south of Usk and the road is fully blocked. Troopers say both trailers ruptured, approximately 9,300 gallons of diesel. Initial estimates of the amount spilled were 11,000, but the Department of Ecology now believes it was about 9,300. 

Initial information is that the driver was distracted by a 6-week-old puppy he had in the cab with him, turned into a ditch, over-corrected and then flipped. We are told the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. We are told the puppy was found in the woods after the crash and is ok. 

Highway 211 is closed until further notice. The Washington State Department of Ecology is on scene assessing the spill. The Department of Ecology also tweeted at us Monday afternoon that they do not believe water was impacted by the spill. 

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