Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Two overturned trailers and a 1980 Peterbilt tractor cab blocked State Route 14 near milepost 47 for over four hours on Jan. 13.
According to the report, Larry G. Gosnell, 52, Albany, Ore., was driving his Peterbilt westbound on SR 14 when he failed to negotiate a curve, tipping the trailers and cab.
The accident occurred at 10:48 a.m. and one lane was reopened following repairs at 3:30 p.m.
Gosnell was cited for speeding too fast for conditions.
All lanes of SR 97 near milepost 30.2 were closed for one hour on Jan. 15, when a 1999 Kenworth tractor and trailer overturned.
According to the report, Jacob I. Bruinenberg Sr., 48, Boring, Ore., was northbound on SR 97, rounding a curve when he lost control of his truck and trailer.
The vehicle was moved by DOT and Joe's Towing to open two southbound lanes. The northbound lanes remained closed until removal of the vehicle.
Another semi wrecked on SR 14. This time on Jan. 16, 2004, at approximately 6:15 p.m. at milepost 77.95.
According to the report, James D. Foondle, 44, Nikiski, Ark., was driving his 1998 International truck westbound on SR 14 when he veered the vehicle to the left to avoid a boulder in the westbound lane. The vehicle struck the boulder and was pulled to the left enterting a ditch on the westbound shoulder. The vehicle continued up the embankment, striking a rock abutment, smashing the tractor, and rolling the trailer onto the driver's side. The tractor body and axles were torn from the chassis on impact.
A female passenger in the sleeper, Joanne M. Bundrant, 40, Kennewick, was ejected through the windshield and came to rest in a snow bank ahead of the tractor. She was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center.
Foondle was not injured and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.