Two people were not injured Friday morning after a large tree fell on their vehicles as they traveled along westbound Interstate 84 near Bridal Veil. The westbound lanes were closed about 30 minutes until vehicles and tree debris was removed.
On March 30, 2012, at approximately 11:25 a.m. two vehicles were traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 26 when a tree estimated 3-foot in diameter and 60 feet tall fell toward the traffic lanes hitting two vehicles in the right lane.
The first vehicle, a 2005 Ford Explorer SUV driven by Eric A. Frank, 28, from Boise, Idaho, was struck in the back breaking a window.
The second vehicle following the Ford SUV, a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Garry G. Pipke, 67, from Richmond, British Columbia, was struck on the top passenger compartment and back end causing major damage.
Neither driver was injured.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. ODOT cleared the roadway to re-open it for traffic.
An 88 year old Hood River man received only minor injuries following a head on crash on I-84 west of The Dalles.
On March 30, 2012 at approximately 9:44 a.m. a 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser operated by Theodore Karl Weber, 88, from Hood River, entered the freeway traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes from Exit 82 on the west end of The Dalles.
An Oregon State Police (OSP) detective saw the vehicle traveling the wrong direction and drove along side it in the westbound lanes trying to get the driver's attention.
At milepost 81, the Toyota collided head-on in the left eastbound lane with a 2007 Ford F250 pickup operated by Shane William Wingfield, 22, from The Dalles.
The collision blocked both lanes of the freeway.
Wingfield and his passenger Brent Treadway Harrison, 35, from Bend, were not injured.
Weber was extricated by members of the Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue. His injuries were initially thought to be serious so LifeFlight responded for transport. Further examination revealed the injuries were not serious and he was taken to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles where he was later released.
Recruit Trooper Alexander Zuniga is the lead investigator and cited and released Weber for reckless driving.
ODOT personnel detoured eastbound freeway traffic at Exit 76 onto Highway 30 during the time it took to clear the roadway. Deputies from the Wasco County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.
A commercial truck driver was uninjured after losing control of his truck pulling three semi-trailers on I-84 about ten miles west of Cascade Locks. Two of the trailers rolled onto their side and a small amount of paint and herbicide spilled from containers. One eastbound lane is open while ODOT coordinates the scene clean up.
On March 27, 2012, at approximately 5:40 a.m. OSP Sergeant Mark Duncan drove upon a crash scene eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 36 where two semi-trailers were lying on their side blocking the right lane and shoulder. A commercial truck and another semi-trailer were upright, and the truck's driver was not injured.
Initial investigation indicates the truck and trailers traveled off toward the right shoulder. As the driver, Marcus D. Gwilliam, 40, from Portland, steered back to the eastbound lanes the third and second trailers overturned, partially blocking the eastbound lanes. The truck and first trailer remained upright.
The trailers were transporting paint, herbicide, and other general freight. An estimated 20 gallons of paint and unknown amount of herbicide spilled from their containers. A hazardous materials clean up crew responded to assist.
Gwilliam was cited by OSP for failure to maintain a lane of travel. He was driving for USF Reddaway.