Semi Truck Accident Yesterday on I-84 Leaves One Man Seriously Injured

<p>Courtesy OSP</p>

Courtesy OSP

From the OSP-

A Keizer, Oregon man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when his truck missed the entrance into a rest area along Interstate 84 near Arlington and crashed into the back of a semi-trailer parked. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation suspecting a medical problem may have been a contributing factor.

According to Trooper Brent Olcheskey, on March 20, 2013 at approximately 4:32 p.m., a 2013 Volvo truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with cattle grain was driven by CHRISTOPHER J. FITZGERALD, age 41, from Keizer, westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 136. The truck missed the entrance into a rest area, traveled through grass and gravel before going through a chain link fence. As the truck and trailer continued into the rest area without braking and knocking over several garbage cans, the truck crashed into the back of a semi-trailer parked against a curb.

A truck driver lying in the sleeper area inside the truck in front of the struck trailer was tossed into a wall. GARY S. ANDERSON SR, age 60, from Salem, received minor injuries.

FITZGERALD was seriously injured and transported by air ambulance to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He was using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Grant County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Ambulance, LifeFlight and ODOT. The rest area was closed about four hours during the incident response and investigation.