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Multi vehicle crash leads to the death of several cattle near Pendleton

News Release from: Oregon State Police


Posted: May 1st, 2013 7:36 AM

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A multi vehicle crash occurred on Highway 204 near milepost 18 in Umatilla County on Tuesday Morning due to snow and icy conditions.  One of the involved was a semi-truck and trailer carrying cattle that turned over on its side causing the death of at least ten cattle. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are continuing the investigation. 


On April 30, 2013 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Western Star semi-truck and trailer driven by, ROBIN KOHLS, age 57, from Kooskia ID, was eastbound on Highway 204 near milepost 18 when it slid out and became stuck in the eastbound travel lane of the highway.  A second vehicle, a Dodge pickup, driven by RICHARD ARBOGAST, age 44, from Elgin was eastbound and after seeing KOHLS' semi-truck stuck ARBOGAST stopped in the westbound lane of the highway.  A third vehicle, a Ken Worth semi-truck and trailer, driven by KARL FURGERSON, age 42, from LaGrande, was westbound and collided with ARBOGAST'S vehicle in the westbound lanes.  A forth vehicle, a 2010 Dodge van driven by DIANE WEATHERSPOON, age 70, from Elgin was westbound and came across the crash and was able to come to a stop.   The fifth and final vehicle a Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer carrying cattle, driven by GRANT RAYMOND, age 47, from Enterprise was westbound and saw that the road was blocked and crashed into WESTHERSPOO

 N'S vehicle and came to rest on its side. 


At least ten of the cattle in RAYMOND'S trailer died from injuries sustained in the crash.  WEATHERSPOON was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton for minor injuries. 


(OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation and no enforcement action has been taken.  All occupants that were in their vehicles were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.   The highway was closed for several hours while crews cleared the crash. 


(OSP) was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and East Umatilla Rural Fire.



Contact Info: Pendleton Area Command
Phone: 541-278-4090