Truck crashed into a tree
A truck headed east on Highway 20 went off the highway and crashed into a tree on Sunday a few miles west of Philomath. (Photo by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

A pickup on Sunday morning and a semitruck on Wednesday morning are among the latest crashes on Highway 20, Philomath Fire & Rescue reported.

The fire department was dispatched to a report of a crash on Highway 20 a few miles west of Philomath at 8:21 a.m. Sunday. Capt. Rich Saalsaa, who serves as the public information officer for the fire district, said a truck heading east left the highway and crashed into a tree. Two people in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Saalsaa said Philomath Fire & Rescue responded with an engine with five personnel and a rescue truck with two personnel and a duty officer. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded as well and highway traffic was reduced to one-way travel for approximately 20 minutes, Saalsaa added.

On Wednesday, local fire department personnel responded at 6:27 a.m. to a westbound semitruck with a trailer that had tipped over after leaving Highway 20 just west of Blodgett. Saalsaa said two people self-extricated and suffered minor injuries.

Philomath Fire & Rescue sent a truck with four personnel and a duty officer to assist the Blodgett-Summit Rural Fire Protection District, which also responded to the crash.

The westbound lanes of Highway 20 were closed for approximately 30 minutes.

Besides Philomath and Blodgett, others involved in the response were Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation.