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Highway 6, at summit, Washington County and Highway 26 near Manning

From Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Washington County Sheriff‚s Office responded today to several minor crashes in the area of the summit of Highway 6 near milepost 34. One of the crashes involved a commercial truck stopped westbound because of another crash when the truck slid on the icy road conditions to the side into a guardrail. Shortly afterward, a passenger car negotiating the curve lost control and slide into the truck. Neither operator was injured.

Earlier in the morning, Sergeant Matt Bowersox reported Interstate 5 northbound at Rice Hill was closed down for a couple hours while OSP, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT worked to clear traffic and plow and sand the highway. A storm cell went through the area dropping about 3 inches of snow causing two semi trucks to jackknife and block northbound traffic at the top of Rice Hill near milepost 147. The blockage caused several minor traffic crashes and ODOT placed a chain restriction on the pass. Southbound traffic was intermittently stopped due to spin outs, but was not blocked for significant periods of time and the northbound lanes were opened at 11:00 a.m.

At 11:40 a.m. a weather-related crash occurred at near milepost 144 southbound when a 2001 Toyota MR2 driven by BENJAMIN NOYES, age 22, from Mountain View, California was passing slower traffic in the left lane and lost control. The Toyota was struck from behind by a commercial truck leading to NOYES being transported by Douglas County EMTs to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

NOYES was cited by OSP for Fail to Maintain a Lane of Travel.

The Toyota passenger car sustained major damage to the rear and the semi truck sustained minor damage to the front.

Info from OSP

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a Sunday morning minor injury crash involving a passenger car and an ODOT snow plow on Highway 26 about eight miles west of Manning.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. an ODOT snow plow was stopped along the eastbound shoulder of Highway 26 near milepost 39. A Dodge Challenger with two occupants was westbound at an estimated 35 – 40 mph in the left lane when its driver lost control. The Dodge slid across the highway and crashed broadside into the snow plow’s front scoop.

The ODOT employee inside the truck wasn’t able to back up before the snow plow was struck. He was not injured.

The Dodge‚s two occupants were transported by Metro West ambulance to an unidentified hospital with minor injuries.

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