Interstate 84 westbound lanes between Rufus and Biggs Junction are still closed Thursday morning following an injury traffic crash involving a commercial truck and semi-trailer that came to rest across the traffic lanes and on top of the center concrete median barrier. Two people were transported with non-life threatening injuries.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Kendra Raiser, on January 17, 2013 at approximately 4:45 a.m. a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with general merchandise items was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 107 when it driver lost control. The truck and trailer came to rest rolled on their sides blocking the westbound lanes with the rear portion of the trailer on top of the concrete center median barrier sticking into the left eastbound lane.
The truck’s two occupants were transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. Their names will be released later today.
Three tow trucks are now on scene to remove the truck and semi-trailer. ODOT and OSP are at the scene to coordinate vehicle removal and continue the investigation into the cause of the crash. A detour for westbound traffic is set up at Exit 109 (Rufus) onto Old Highway 30. No estimated time for re-opening the westbound lanes. Traffic updates will be posted on ODOT’s website www.TripCheck.com.
OSP is also assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff’s Office and local emergency medical responders.