|Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Cascade Locks|
|Published on Tuesday March 15, 2011 - 11:40 AM|
State Police Trooper Gavin McIlvenna said that on March 15, 2011 at approximately 1:05 a.m. a 1991 GMC tow truck driven by JAMES GIBBONS, age 36, was transporting 22-year-old Shane Brazeal, and his car from Pasco, Washington to the Portland area. GIBBONS had pulled off the roadway with the two truck's emergency lights activated to tighten the straps holding the car on the flat bed tow truck.
As GIBBONS was preparing to move back into the westbound lanes of travel, a 2005 Sterling truck pulling two trailers driven by JEFFREY HALE, age 44, was heading westbound on Interstate 84 when HALE fell asleep and crashed into the tow truck. Both vehicles became entangled and traveled approximately 200 feet before the commercial truck and trailers jack-knifed blocking both westbound lanes.
HALE and BRAZAEL were transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. GIBBONS was not injured. HALE was using safety restraints but GIBBONS and BRAZAEL were not.
City of residence information for the three involved people is not available.
Interstate 84 westbound lanes were closed for approximately 3 hours.
HALE was cited by OSP for Careless Driving. Troopers identified fatigue as the primary factor in the crash.
McIlvenna reminds drivers to stop and rest when becoming fatigued while driving. Attempting to drive through to your destination while fatigued may lead to reduced reflexes and the ability to react to emergencies or rapidly changing road conditions.
OSP troopers from The Dalles and Portland Patrol Offices conducted the investigation. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire & Rescue, and ODOT highway maintenance personnel assisted at the scene.