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Driver Cited After Collision With OPS Patrol Car - Highway 34 near Corvallis

December 7, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper received minor injury Friday night after his patrol car was struck in the rear as he concluded a traffic stop on Highway 34 east of Corvallis. At OSP's request, Linn County Sheriff's Office investigated the crash and subsequently cited the other driver for Careless Driving and Driving While Suspended.

On December 6, 2013 at approximately 8:07 p.m., OSP Trooper Don Rummer was concluding a traffic stop eastbound on Highway 34 near milepost 5. As Trooper Rummer got back into the patrol car and into the driver's seat, he saw a vehicle approaching from behind at a high rate of speed lose control on the snow/ice covered roadway. The vehicle, a 2000 Chevrolet Impala, driven by ISAIAH A. RUSSELL, age 25, from Lebanon, crashed into the rear of the stopped OSP patrol car.

Trooper Rummer notified OSP dispatch of the crash and determined the other driver was not injured.

Linn County Sheriff's Office responded and conducted the investigation.

An OSP sergeant transported Trooper Rummer to Albany General Hospital for a medical evaluation of a minor injury. He has been released to return to full duty.

OSP, ODOT and our law enforcement partners urge all travelers to be alert for our icy road conditions on many roads. If you must travel remember it is even more important to slow down, expect the unexpected by being watchful for others on and along the highway, and have a licensed, sober and alert driver behind the wheel of every vehicle.

Also, please remember that emergency vehicles, roadside assistance workers, and highway department personnel are working hard to respond to and help others along our roads. The "Move Over" law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are driving up behind or next to any type of emergency vehicle (police car, ambulance or public safety vehicle), a roadside assistance vehicle or a tow vehicle working on the side of the road with emergency lights flashing, you are required to:

*Move over to a non-adjacent lane on a highway having two or more lanes for traffic in a single direction; or,
*Slow down to a speed that is at least five miles per hour under the post speed limit if making a lane change is unsafe or impossible (two directional, two-lane highway).

Information about Oregon's "Move Over" law is available on ODOT's website at:


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