Tuesday, December 15, 2009
One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Dec. 11, 2009, at 2:25 p.m. The accident occcured on State Route 14 at milepost 47, two miles east of Stevenson.
According to the report, Meredith B. Curtis, 32, Carson, was driving her 1999 Jeep Cherokee southbound on Wind River Road, making a left turn onto eastbound SR 14. A 2003 Kenworth tractor, driven by James C. McIntosh, 53, Outing, Minn., was westbound on SR 14, approaching the Wind River Road. The two vehicles collided in the westbound lanes.
Curtis was injured and transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. McIntosh was not injured.
Charges in the case are pending.
An OSP recruit trooper assisting at the scene of a motor vehicle crash near Cascade Locks was uninjured after his parked patrol car was struck by another vehicle. This was one of two incidents involving emergency responders and roadside assistance vehicles that are reminders of the need to slow down while traveling.
On Dec. 12, 2009, at approximately 9:30 a.m. an OSP recruit trooper was assisting several vehicles that slid off westbound Interstate 84 near milepost 46 due to icy road conditions. After parking the patrol car with emergency lights activated on the shoulder of the highway, the recruit trooper was out helping the other vehicles that had previously slid off of the road.
While standing outside of the patrol car, a 1990 Ford pickup operated by Henry Gardner, 31, Pendleton, Ore., lost control and slid into the rear end of the OSP car.
Neither Gardner nor his passenger, Shelby Holder, 34, also from Pendleton, were injured in the crash. Both were using seatbelts.
The recruit trooper, who is assigned to The Dalles Area Command office, was not injured.
No citations were issued as a result of the crash.
I-84 eastbound lanes between Rowena and The Dalles were closed over an hour Monday morning following multiple traffic crashes on the icy six mile stretch of freeway.
While responding to one of the crashes an unoccupied Oregon State Police (OSP) patrol car was struck by an out-of-control car as the trooper was checking on a previous crash. This was the second OSP patrol car struck during the last 48 hours by vehicles losing control in the icy Columbia River Gorge area.
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Ashmore, on Dec. 14, 2009 starting at approximately 6 a.m. an estimated 10 reports of traffic crashes began to come into OSP Northern Command Center dispatch and 9-1-1 in the eastbound lanes of I-84 between milepost 76 and 82. The six mile section of freeway was closed until about 7:45 a.m. to allow emergency responders time to clear the crashes and ODOT to sand the traffic lanes. Two people were transported for treatment of minor injuries from two crash scenes.
OSP troopers responded to the crashes, one of which occurred near milepost 77 where the trooper arrived and parked her patrol car on the right shoulder with emergency lights activated. The trooper was out of the patrol car approaching the previous crash scene when she heard an approaching out-of-control vehicle sliding and then hit the driver side of the patrol car.
The trooper ran up an embankment to avoid possibly being hit and then checked on the driver after that vehicle came to a stop. The driver was uninjured. No citations were issued as a result of this crash.
OSP and ODOT continue to urge motorists to plan for the worst and not be fooled by recent improvement in weather conditions.
"There are still several areas of the state with freezing temperatures and icy roads. Be prepared for winter driving conditions in the coming weeks, slow down while keeping an eye out for emergency responders and be ready to handle potential dangerous situations by thinking several seconds ahead so you can react without losing control," said Ashmore.
Pay attention to media reports throughout the day while traveling, and before you go check Oregon's road conditions and weather forecasts at www.TripCheck.com, or call 5-1-1 for continuously updated travel information.