On April 10, 2014 at approximately 1:15 a.m., an International truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with medical supplies driven by TEODOR MARGINEANU, age 64, from Portland, was westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 61 when MARGINEANU failed to safely negotiate a right curve. The truck and trailer crossed both eastbound lanes, struck a guardrail damaging approximately 300 feet of railing and then tipped onto the left side before coming to rest blocking the right eastbound lane. The trailer split open spilling a portion of the interior load onto the highway.
Co-driver/passenger WILLIAM MORRIS, age 50, from Nampa, Idaho, was asleep in the truck’s sleeper berth and received serious, non-life threatening injury. He was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.
MARGINEANU was using safety restraints and was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Maintain Lane and later given a ride by a trooper to an area hotel.
OSP troopers from Oakridge and Springfield responded to investigate the crash. Senior Trooper Cecil Arient is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Fire & EMS, Northwest HazMat Inc., and ODOT. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about four hours. One eastbound lane is now closed until the vehicles are removed and ODOT assesses guardrail damage. Traffic updates at www.TripCheck.com.