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A Yakima man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 87, 12 miles east of Bingen. The accident occurred on Nov. 30, 2010, at approximately 1:09 p.m.

According to the report, David Jay Nordwall IV, 39, Yakima, was driving a 2007 Volvo tractor with 1999 Western trailer westbound on SR 14. Entering a curve to the right, the vehicle drifted over the centerline and jackknifed when Nordwall attempted to return to the westbound lane. The vehicle then left the roadway on the eastbound shoulder and descended to the bottom of a ravine. The tractor came to rest against an oak tree. The trailer's load of approximately 24 hulked vehicles was deposited into the nearby creek bed.

Nordwall suffered facial contusions, a dislocated left shoulder and possible fractures to both legs. He was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

Nordwall was cited for negligent driving.

Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 5, 2010, at approximately 1:55 p.m. The accident occurred on SR 97 at milepost 30, 17 miles north of Goldendale.

According to the report, Jesus Flores, 21, San Bernadino, Calif., was driving his 1991 Chevrolet van northbound on SR 97, and entered a curve. Flores lost control of the vehicle on the slushy roadway. The van went off the road, striking a ditch and rolling on its left side.

Jesus Flores was not injured. Passenger Reina Y Flores, 31, Toppenish, fractured her vertabrae and was transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale. A 10-year-old passenger suffered facial injuries and was also transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital.

Jesus Flores was cited for negligent driving.



Oregon Department of Transportation is continuing to assess a rock slide that happened Monday afternoon blocking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about eight miles east of Biggs Junction. A commercial truck driver was not injured but his truck's front end received major damage.

Traffic updates on indicates one eastbound lane is open.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Pat Shortt, on Dec. 6, 2010, at approximately 5:10 p.m. a large portion of the cliff rim on the south side of I-84 near milepost 113 collapsed and rock fell onto the eastbound lanes.

A 2007 Freightliner truck pulling a trailer with construction equipment was eastbound operated by Jason D. Coryell, 35, from Casper, Wyo. Coryell didn't see the rock slide because the dust in the air blocked any forward visibility. The truck crashed into rock slide causing major front end damage and a small diesel spill from ruptured fuel tanks.


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