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Interstate 84 Crash Reminder to Drive Attentive and Safe in Work Zone Areas
10/28/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Two men starting a hunting trip were uninjured when their pickup and towed travel trailer lost control entering an Interstate 84 construction work zone near Cascade Locks and rolled over. The crash completely blocked the eastbound lanes for nearly 90 minutes and serves as another reminder to be attentive and slow down when entering highway work zones.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Mike Holloran, on October 27, 2008 at approximately 4:20 p.m. a 2007 Chevrolet pickup towing a travel trailer was operated by TERRY LEE SPINK, age 51, from southeast Portland, eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 47. SPINK was passing a witness when the two eastbound lanes narrowed to a single lane due to construction zone lane closure. SPINK began slowing to merge into the single lane when the travel trailer began to fishtail and went sideways. Both vehicles rolled over and came to rest blocking the eastbound lanes. The pickup stopped high centered on the concrete median barrier and the travel trailer was destroyed.
 
SPINK and his passenger, RONALD DEAN SPINK, age 54, from Vancouver, Washington were not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
 
Cascade Locks Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. A detour was set up around the scene using a local road until the eastbound lanes were re-opened at 5:30 p.m.
 
The single biggest factor in crashes is driver inattention, and that's why orange cones, variable message signs and other tools are used to alert motorists. The other contributing factor is speed, which is why work zones either require or encourage lower speed limits. Increased enforcement in work zones also helps improve safety. ODOT provides grant funding every year to police agencies statewide for these efforts.
 
For the past several years, ODOT has been educating drivers and encouraging safety in work zones by promoting the slogan, "Slow down. Better roads ahead." For more information and tips on safe driving, visit www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/workzonesafety.shtml.
 
OSP and ODOT recommend the following iips for staying safe in highway work zone areas:
  • Pay complete attention to driving. The most important thing drivers can do is focus on the driving task, especially in the transition zone before the work area.
  • Orange is your clue. Slow down when you see orange signs, barrels and barricades. Speeding is the second most common factor in work zone crashes.
  • Don't tailgate. Instead, double your following distance.
  • Move over to the correct lane well in advance of the work zone.
  • Leave early to reach your destination on time.  You may experience delays in work zones — plan for them!
  • Be patient. Be courteous to other drivers so you all arrive safely.
  • Avoid work zones when you can by using an alternate route.

 
You can learn about construction updates, road conditions, traffic and more by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.TripCheck.com.