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Fatal Traffic Crash Involving Cow on Interstate 84 east of Baker City
09/26/2009
Sergeant Darin Helman
Oregon State Police - Baker City
(541) 523-5867

A 62 year old Vale-area man died Friday night after the car in which he was riding struck a cow on Interstate 84 approximately thirty miles east of Baker City.
 
On September 25, 2009 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a 1996 Lincoln Continental sedan driven by DONALD HODGE, age 57, from Vale, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 336 accompanied by right front passenger GARY GLASCOCK, age 62, from Vale.  Shortly prior to the crash, a cow had walked out onto the eastbound lanes and was struck by at least four vehicles before the Lincoln came upon it.  The four vehicles that had struck the cow pulled off onto the shoulder of the road and stopped. The cow, which was by now deceased, was laying in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 when it was then struck by the Lincoln.
 
After hitting the cow, the Lincoln rolled onto it's top and came to rest partially blocking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84. GLASCOCK, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the crash. HODGE, who was also wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
 
The eastbound lanes were closed for approximately 90 minutes while emergency crews investigated and cleared the crash. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing their investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by personnel from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Baker County Sheriff's Office.