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Injury Traffic Crash Involving Wrong Way Driver - Interstate 84 west of The Dalles
03/30/2012
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

An 88 year old Hood River man received only minor injuries today following a head on crash this morning on Interstate 84 west of The Dalles. An earlier news release indicated the man was flown to a Benda-area hospital but after troopers cleared the scene they learned he remained at a The Dalles-area hospital with less serious injuries than initially believed.
 
On March 30, 2012 at approximately 9:44 a.m. a 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser operated by THEODORE KARL WEBER, age 88, from Hood River, entered the freeway traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes from Exit 82 on the west end of The Dalles. An Oregon State Police (OSP) detective saw the vehicle traveling the wrong direction and drove along side it in the westbound lanes trying to get the driver's attention.
 
At milepost 81, the Toyota collided head-on in the left eastbound lane with a 2007 Ford F250 pickup operated by SHANE WILLIAM WINGFIELD, age 22, from The Dalles.
 
The collision blocked both lanes of the freeway.
 
WINGFIELD and his passenger BRENT TREADWAY HARRISON, age 35, from Bend, were not injured.
 
WEBER was extricated by members of the Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue. His injuries were initially thought to be serious so LifeFlight responded for transport. Further examination revealed the injuries were not serious and he was taken to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles where he was later released.
 
Recruit Trooper Alexander Zuniga is the lead investigator and cited and released WEBER for Reckless Driving. Troopers then transported WEBER to his home.
 
ODOT personnel detoured eastbound freeway traffic at Exit 76 onto Highway 30 during the time it took to clear the roadway. Deputies from the Wasco County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.