September 8, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated an early Sunday morning commercial truck injury traffic crash along Highway 97 about five miles south of Grass Valley in Sherman County. The crash totaled the truck and trailer transporting apples. The northbound lane was affected for several hours while workers recover a portion of the load and then remove the truck and trailer.
According to Senior Trooper Michael Holloran, on September 8, 2013 at approximately 5:25 a.m., a 2003 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with apples driven by JUAN GUILLERMO JIMENEZ, age 47, from Lake Elsinore, California, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 34. As the driver was negotiating the truck through a curve he said the truck and trailer traveled onto the shoulder as he avoid several deer on the road. The driver over-corrected and the truck and trailer rolled off the highway before coming to rest.
JIMENEZ got out of the crushed occupant compartment and was later transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was using safet restraints.
OSP, South Sherman Fire & Rescue, and ODOT personnel responded to the scene. A local tow company worked with the driver and trucking company, Uncle Sam Transport out of Yakima, Washington, to salvage unopened boxes of apples not affected in the crash. Unaffected apples were expected to be donated to area local charities. No citations were issued.
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