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Two OSP Troopers Receive Minor Injuries in Crash east of The Dalles
10/24/2009
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

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Two troopers from The Dalles Area Command office received minor injuries Saturday when the driver of a mini van fell asleep and veered off Interstate 84 east of The Dalles and crashed into their parked patrol car.
 
On October 24, 2009 at approximately 2:24 p.m. two troopers were parked in the center median area of Interstate 84 near the mouth of the Deschutes River with their 2008 Dodge Charger patrol car facing north in a gravel emergency turn around.  As the troopers monitored eastbound traffic, a Nissan Quest van driven by LITH TUY, age 35, from Salem, was westbound on Interstate 84 when TUY fell asleep.  The van veered left into the center median and went airborne when it hit the graveled turn around area. The van's right front fender area struck the right rear of the patrol car, coming to rest facing eastbound traffic on the shoulder.
 
The operator of the OSP patrol car was Senior Trooper ANDREW VANDERWERF, age 40, and the passenger was Recruit Trooper KENT ARBON, age 24.
 
The operator's aunt and uncle were passengers in the van.  They are identified as SORN ROS, age 57, and CHHAN ROS, age 54, both from Salem.
 
All occupants of both vehicles were transported by ambulance to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles where they were released after treatment.
 
LITH TUY was cited and released for Reckless Driving.
 
Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by deputies from the Sherman County Sheriff's Office.