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Vancouver Man Dies Following Traffic Crash west of Arlington
07/16/2009
Sergeant Patrick W. Shortt
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into the death of a 44-year old Vancouver, Washington man Wednesday related to a traffic crash on Interstate 84 about eight miles west of Arlington.
 
On July 15, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a reported traffic crash near milepost 128. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2006 Ford pickup driven by ALAN PARKER, age 44, from Vancouver, Washington was westbound on Interstate 84 when it drove off the shoulder of the road, struck a guardrail, swerved across both westbound lanes and struck the center barrier. The pickup came to rest blocking the westbound left lane.
 
Witnesses found PARKER unresponsive and attempted to render medical aid but he died a short time later. He was using safety restraints.
 
The crash resulted in the partial closure of both west and eastbound traffic for approximately 2 1/2 hours.
 
It is unknown at this time whether PARKER died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash or due to a possible medical emergency he may have had. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday to determine the cause of death.
 
OSP troopers are being assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office. ODOT and North Gilliam County Rural Fire Department responded to assist.