Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) remind travelers to be alert for limbs and fallen or leaning trees when traveling through forested areas during snowy, wet, and windy conditions, and report potential hazardous roadway debris.
On February 12, 2014 at approximately 2:16 a.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer driven by a 65 year old male from Salem was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 36 when it struck several trees that had fallen into the traffic lanes. The damaged truck and semi-trailer came to rest blocking the eastbound lane and part of the westbound lane.
The driver was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Oregon State Police (OSP) was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire District, and ODOT. ODOT personnel cleared the fallen trees while the highway was closed or reduced to one lane for approximately 3 hours. The truck was towed and the trucking company responded to remove the semi-trailer.