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Truck Driver Crashes, Pulled from Burning Truck - Interstate 205 north of Stafford Road
03/17/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A commercial truck driver was saved Monday morning by a passing motorist when he was pulled away from his burning truck after falling asleep and crashing into two large trees in the center median of Interstate 205 north of Stafford Road.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Mark Kingma, on March 17, 2008 at approximately 4:25 a.m. a Freightliner commercial truck pulling semi-trailer transporting bread products was northbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 3 when its driver, JEFFREY D. HARTUNG, age 43, from northeast Portland, reportedly fell asleep. As the truck and trailer drifted onto the left center shoulder, HARTUNG awoke and tried to bring his vehicles back onto the freeway but was unable to do so. The truck and trailer continued into the center grassy median where it crashed head-on into two large cedar trees and caught fire.
 
HARTUNG was injured and found laying on the ground next to his burning truck by a passing motorist, LEO TACKETT IV, age 32, from Milwaukie, who stopped and pulled him to safety. The truck was nearly destroyed by the fire.
 
HARTUNG received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. HARTUNG was cited for Careless Driving.
 
Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to put the fire out before it further spread. Additional assistance provided by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.