Semi-Truck Crashes on I-84 Near Rufus, Oregon

<p>Courtesy Oregon State Police</p>
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Courtesy Oregon State Police

From the Oregon State Police-

A commercial truck driver was injured Friday afternoon when he lost control along Interstate 84 near Rufus, crossed through the center median and crashed on the opposite of the freeway. The crash scene partially blocked the eastbound lanes for about 3 hours until the overturned truck and trailer could be removed.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Mark Jubitz, on November 2, 2012 at approximately 1:51 p.m., a 2005 Kenworth truck pulling a 53-foot semi-trailer driven by WILLIAM STEWART, age 29, from Caldwell, Idaho, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 110. STEWART was momentarily distracted and lost control as the truck and trailer crossed both westbound lanes, continued through the center median and across the eastbound lanes where they rolled onto their side.

STEWART was transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with non-life threatening injuries. OSP cited STEWART for Failure to Maintain a Single Lane of Travel.

The semi-trailer contained approximately 15,000 lbs of hamburger.

OSP was assisted on scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Sherman County Fire and EMS.