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Information Sought to Help in Critical Injury Crash Investigation east of The Dalles
03/15/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation and seeking information to identify a vehicle and driver believed to have contributed to a critical injury crash Monday afternoon east of The Dalles. The crash critically injured a 69-year old Hermiston man and witnesses provided a partial description of an unknown Idaho registered vehicle of interest.
 
On March 15, 2010 at approximately 1:50 p.m. a 2001 Toyota Camry four-door driven by CHUONG NGOC DU, age 69, from Hermiston, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 98. Witness information indicates a black late model Nissan Maxima with unknown Idaho license made a quick, possible intentional move closely in front of the Toyota. DU lost control, crashed into and through the guardrail and traveled about 30 feet down a rocky embankment. The rear of the Toyota came to rest in a slew on the south side of the freeway with DU critically injured inside the car.
 
The Nissan was last seen eastbound without stopping. It was believed to be occupied by two people and the driver was described as an unknown age white male.
 
OSP Senior Trooper Elijah Preston arrived on scene and went inside the Toyota to help initially treat DU. Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and helped prep DU for transport by LifeFlight to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. He was later transferred in a second LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
 
Eastbound lanes were closed briefly for LifeFlight landing and transport.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command are continuing the investigation. Wasco and Sherman County Sheriff Offices, ODOT, and North Sherman County Volunteer Fire assisted with citizens who stopped to help.
 
Anyone with information regarding the other involved vehicle is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (541) 296-9646.