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Commercial Truck Crash Leads to 3 Hour Closure of Highway 26 near Mt. Vernon
June 4, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's commercial truck crash that led to a 3 hours closure of Highway 26 west of Mt. Vernon in central Oregon. The truck's driver had minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital following the rollover crash that spilled lumber and damaged a power pole.
 
According to Sergeant Tom Hutchison, on June 3, 2013 at approximately 5:08 p.m., a 2012 Freightliner truck pulling a trailer loaded with lumber driven by RICHARD M. ADAMS, age 47, from Mountain Home, Idaho, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 145. Entering aleft curve, ADAMS lost control and the truck and trailer traveled off the roadway striking a guardrail. The trailer hit a power pole, shearing it in two and causing the power lines to go down. The truck and trailer rolled onto their side, spilling lumber onto the roadway.
 
Both lanes were blocked approximately 3 hours as emergency crews worked to clear the wreckage.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Grant County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, local emergency responders, and a two company that responded out of Pendleton.