On Monday, December 1, 2014, at approximately 4:50 P.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 342.
Early investigation at the crash scene indicates a semi-truck and box type 53' trailer were westbound on I-84 near milepost 342 negotiating a curve when the driver, identified as DAVID W. HERRING, 62, of Yakima WA, control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. The semi-truck slid off the road into the median then went over an embankment and into a guardrail. The driver of the truck died as a result of the injuries sustained during the crash.

Following the crash, the semi-trailer was struck by two other vehicles, a passenger vehicle and a small box type truck, which were unable to avoid the trailer that was blocking the freeway. The occupants of both of those vehicles were transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City to be examined. No significant injuries were reported.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and by the Washington State Patrol. Photographs of the incident are not available at this time but may be provided when next of kin notification has been made.

The crash blocked the freeway for several hours and the public is encouraged to use an alternate route as the roadway is still blocked. Additional information may be released tomorrow. For up-to-date information about the freeway closure consult www.tripcheck.com

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