An Idaho man was not injured following his semi truck wreck on State Route 14 at milepost 95, three miles east of Wishram. The accident occurred on May 16, 2008, at 1:49 p.m.
According to the report, Hector Cardenas-Diaz, 38, was driving his 2000 Peterbilt truck westbound on SR 14. The driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road, crossed the double yellow line and drifted into the eastbound lane. The semi then struck the eastbound guardrail, coming to rest on its left side and blocking the eastbound lane for six hours.
Cardenas-Diaz was not injured. He was charged with negligent driving.
A 35-year old Yelm man's injuries Sunday afternoon is a reminder of how loose objects can present a danger to motorcyclists after he lost control and was thrown from his motorcycle on Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks.
According to Oregon State Police Trooper Gavin McIlvenna, on May 18, 2008, at 4:57 p.m., Darcy L. Davidson Jr., 35, was operating his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on I-84 near milepost 49 after tying a jacket to the rear fender of his motorcycle. The jacket became entangled between the rear tire and fender causing the rear tire to lock up. Davidson was ejected over his handlebars and onto the freeway's gravel shoulder.
Davidson was transported to Hood River Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Trooper McIlvenna believes the protective helmet Davidson was wearing saved his life as it sustained severe gouges upon making contact with the dirt/gravel shoulder.