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Update: Driver Identified in August 25th Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 in Corbett Area
09/02/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Subsequent investigation with the medical examiner into August 25th's fatal traffic crash along Interstate 84 in the Corbett area confirmed the positive identification of a deceased driver as a 66-year old Stockton, California man. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.
 
On August 25, 2010 at approximately 9:37 p.m. a 2003 Honda Pilot displaying California license plates driven by JOSE L. HERNANDEZ, age 66, from Stockton, California was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 23 when it traveled off the north side of the freeway into a viewpoint parking area. The sport utility vehicle crashed into the left rear side of a parked semi-trailer and caught fire.
 
The truck's driver, RICHARD CLAY, age 30, from Effingham, Illinois was inside the truck's sleeper berth when he felt the impact and noticed the fire. CLAY was able to unhook the truck from the trailer and move it as the fire developed. He and others who stopped to help were unable to get to HERNANDEZ because of the fire.
 
Fire personnel from Corbett Fire Department and Multnomah County Rural Protection Fire District #14 responded and extinguished the fire that caused significant damage to the Honda Pilot and the rear third of the semi-trailer loaded with grocery products.