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First responders look over a semi that crashed into a guardrail and overturned down an embankment Thursday morning off of Highway 97 near Orondo. 

ORONDO — A semi-truck crashed through a guardrail on Highway 97 early Thursday and overturned down an embankment.

The Soap Lake driver was extricated from the vehicle and didn't require hospitalization, according to Fire Chief Jim Oatey of Douglas County Fire District No. 4. The crash was reported just before 4 a.m. Thursday a half a mile north of Orondo.

Oatey said the tanker was southbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle went through a guardrail on the northbound side of the highway. The truck lost its trailer, which ended up lodged in a tree.

The semi and trailer were used for hauling fuel, but were empty at the time of the crash, Oatey said. Ballard Ambulance also responded, along with State Patrol, which is investigating.

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