Mosier woman dies in bicycle – pickup accident on I-84

082414.fatal.bike.i84_mp56.1Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning’s fatal bicycle-involved crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year old Mosier resident along westb ound Interstate 84 at the Viento State Park interchange west of Hood River. The names of the victim and driver are released in this update. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of enforcement action. 

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:20 a.m., ELLEN DITTEBRANDT, age 52, from Mosier, was riding a bicycle westbound along Interstate 84 approaching the off ramp near milepost 56 to Viento State Park. A 2014 Ford pickup driven by JOHN C. ALLMAN, age 55, from NW Portland, was also traveling westbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle from behind, ejecting DITTEBRANDT to where she came to rest in the left westbound lane. The pickup came to rest in the westbound traffic lanes. 

DITTEBRANDT, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was a Mosier firefighter/EMT and a local artist, and in 2010 selected as Mosier’s firefighter of the year. 

ALLMAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. 

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Mike Holloran is the lead investigator. Driver fatigue has been identified as a contributing factor. Daylight conditions existed at the time of the crash and traffic was light. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed about 90 minutes before one lane was open while investigators continued working at the scene. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates each year drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, with 55% of these crashes involving drivers 25 years old and younger. Drowsiness causes: slow reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, decline in attention, decreased alertness, increased moodiness and aggressive behavior, problems with processing information and short term memory. 

OSP & ODOT urges all travelers to remain alert for all highway users, including vulnerable users such as bicyclists and pedestrians, and to watch for early warning signs of fatigue. ODOT has posted on their website safety information related to drowsy driving including signs of fatigue and tips of what to do if you are getting drowsy while driving at: 
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/news/Drowsy_Driving.aspx 

Photograph – Oregon State Police

OSP reports fatal bicycle – pickup accident on I-84

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, are starting an investigation into a fatal traffic crash involving a bicyclist and pickup in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Viento State Park west of Hood River. One westbound lanes is open at this time, after both westbound lanes were closed for several hours.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:25 a.m., OSP was notified of a crash involving a bicyclist and pickup in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 56. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed the bicyclist was deceased and came to rest in the traffic lanes. 

No other information to be released until later today. Traffic updates may be monitored on TripCheck.com. 

Sand Ridge Fire update #3 Saturday 12:15 pm 08/23

Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization assistance for the Sand Ridge Fire, 8 miles east of Bickleton, in Klickitat County has ended as of August 23, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.   Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 21, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. at the request of Klickitat County Fire Protection District 2.

The fire started at 11:00 a.m. on August 20, 2014 from a lightning strike. The fire burned 1900 acres and is now 100% contained. A total of 120 personnel were deployed in support of the incident.

Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal have coordinated the release of state mobilization resources on the scene. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray is no longer activated.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm

 

Woman set Warm Springs Reservation fire to give friends work

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday an Oregon woman pleaded guilty in May to starting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last year because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Portland says 23-year-old Sadie Renee Johnson of Warm Springs tossed a small firework from a car in July 2013 into the roadside brush. The fire spread to about 80 square miles — 51,000 acres — and cost nearly $8 million to fight.

Investigators said she posted a Facebook question two days later: “like my fire?”

KTVZ-TV reported the Justice Department said it released details of the case Friday, while the wildfire season is underway, to underscore the danger of such reckless actions.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 3.

Update #1 Sand Ridge Fire 5 p.m. Thursday 08 21

Fire Mobilization Authorized for the

Sand Ridge Fire

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Sand Ridge Fire in Klickitat County near Bickleton.  Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources August 21, 2014 at 7:00 am at the request of Klickitat County Fire Protection District 2.

The fire is currently threatening three homes, four outbuildings, and numerous crops.  No evacuation orders have been issued at this time.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau ordered four wildland strike teams, one helicopter, a Type 3 Incident Management Team, a 20 person hand crew, 2 bulldozers, and additional water tenders to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray continues to be activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Sand Ridge Fire.  Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene providing resource coordination and administrative oversight, with other personnel staffing the State EOC.

Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident.  The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.  More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.