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Commercial Truck Hauling Fireworks Crashes in Pendleton Area
06/25/2008
Lieutenant Greg Sherman
Oregon State Police - Pendleton
Office: (541) 278-4090

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A commercial truck loaded with fireworks overturned onto its side Tuesday morning in the Pendleton area spilling its load and closing one lane of Interstate 84 for about 6 1/2 hours.
 
On June 24, 2008 at approximately 9:06 a.m. a 2006 Volvo truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with fireworks was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 209 crossing the Umatilla River Bridge when, for unknown reasons, it veered right and struck the bridge guardrail. The combination of vehicles impacted the guardrail for about 275 feet as it crossed over the bridge and drove off the roadway onto the right shoulder where it overturned on its left side. The semi-trailer split open and spilled a portion of its cargo.
 
Driver DALE PLUMB, age 60, from Sparta, Missouri, received minor injuries and was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital by Pendleton Fire & Ambulance. PLUMB told the investigating Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper that he doesn't remember the crash happening. He was treated and released.
 
Interstate 84 westbound was closed to one lane for about 6 1/2 hours while the cargo was transferred to another trailer and the vehicles removed.
 
ODOT, Pendleton Police Department, and Pendleton Fire & Ambulance assisted. No citations were issued.