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Pendleton Man Helping at Crash Scene Struck, Critically Injured - Interstate 84 near John Day River
01/27/2009
Sergeant Pat Shortt
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646 ext. 5312

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A 46-year old Pendleton-area man sustained critical injuries Monday afternoon when he was struck by an automobile while assisting at a crash scene on Interstate 84 near the John Day River.
 
On January 26, 2009 at approximately 3:23 p.m. a white 2006 Ford Focus driven by JUANA FORTIER, age 47, from Portland, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 116 when it hit a spot of black ice, slid off of the south side of the freeway and overturned. Despite sustaining minor injuries, FORTIER was able to exit her vehicle.
 
Another eastbound motorist, NELS HADDEN, age 46, from Pendleton, stopped to help FORTIER.
 
At approximately 3:43 p.m. HADDEN was standing on the shoulder of the freeway when an eastbound blue 2001 Volkswagen Beetle driven by ELIZABETH MURRAY, age 18, from Pendleton, lost control and slid off the south side of the freeway striking HADDEN.
 
Both directions of Interstate 84 were closed at the crash scene for approximately an hour to allow treatment of the injured and LifeFlight to land.
 
HADDEN sustained severe injuries and was transported to a Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for treatment.
 
FORTIER, who was wearing safety restraints at the time of her crash, was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for treatment of minor injuries.
 
MURRAY, who was also wearing safety restraints, was not injured in the second collision.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command and Arlington work site are continuing the investigation. Local area police, fire and ODOT assisted at the scene.