Tuesday, November 30, 2010
One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Nov. 26, 2010, at approximately 1:56 p.m. The accident occurred on State Route 97 at milepost 27.7.
According to the report, Reyes Navarro-Cano, 42, McMinneville, Ore., was driving his 1997 Ford F150 southbound on SR 97. Sergey Golovin, 22, Estacada, Ore., was driving his 2000 Freightliner semi northbound on SR 97. Navarro-Cano lost control of his vehicle which crossed the centerline and struck the semi in the right front. The Ford F150 then struck the northbound guardrail, coming to rest facing north.
Neither Navarro-Cano or Golovin were injured. Mercedes Ramirez, 33, McMinneville, Ore., a passenger in the Ford F150, suffered a sore neck and was transported by aid car to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale.
Navarro-Cano was charged with speeding too fast for conditions.
I-84 near the John Day River was closed for approximately 7.5 hours Friday night after a crash involving several vehicles including three semi trucks that caught fire and burned.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Pat Shortt, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at approximately 9 p.m. a white Nissan XTerra driven by Rosa Martinez, 21 of Walla Walla, was traveling eastbound on I-84 near milepost 113. Roadways in the area were extremely icy due to freezing rain. The Nissan XTerra lost control on the icy roadway, spun around and came to a stop in the slow lane of the freeway. A passenger in the white XTerra, Alejandro Ortega-Soriana, 27 of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. got out of the vehicle to check on the other occupants.
An eastbound semi truck towing an empty trailer operated by Cornell Liburd, 43 of Avondale, Ariz., also lost control on the icy roadway and struck the white Nissan XTerra, which in turn struck Ortega-Soriana. The semi truck then jackknifed, completely blocking the eastbound lanes of the freeway.
A white 2000 Subaru station wagon operated by Marjorie Jackson, 60 of Irrigon, Ore., was eastbound and slid into the jackknifed semi truck. Jackson reacted quickly and was able to back her car away from the crash scene before she was struck by any other vehicles.
Two more westbound semi trucks, one of which was operated by Serghei Berdeu, 32 of Sacramento, Calif., and the other by Jorge Romo, 31 of Tucson, Ariz., slid into the crash scene and collided with the first jackknifed semi truck operated by Liburd.
The three semi trucks came to a rest blocking the eastbound lanes of the freeway and caught fire. All three semi trucks were fully engulfed by fire and completely destroyed.
Alejandro Ortega-Soriana and Liburd were transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No information is available at this time regarding safety belt usage by any of those involved in the crash.
Both westbound and eastbound lanes of travel were blocked while emergency crews attempted to extinguish the burning vehicles and clear the scene of wreckage.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, the Rufus Fire Department and Sherman County Fire and Rescue.