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OSP INVESTIGATING FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION ON I-84 NEAR BOARDMAN
11/10/2011
Sgt. Dan Swift
OSP-Portland
503-323-3195


 
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On Wednesday, November 9th about 1:30 PM, troopers from the Oregon State Police Hermiston Worksite responded to a single vehicle, roll over, traffic collision on I-84 at MP 166 in the Boardman area.
 
According to Trooper Mark Amos, when troopers arrived, they found a silver, 2008, Toyota Tundra pick-up truck had lost control on I-84, rolled several times, and ended up in a field where it struck a high voltage power line. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Further investigation revealed this pick-up had been involved in a hit and run traffic collision on Hwy 730 a few minutes earlier and was fleeing from the scene of that collision. According to the victim of that earlier collision, the Toyota had been following the victim too closely and was driving aggressively. As the victim pulled over to let the Toyota pass, the Toyota driver accelerated and struck the victim's 2011 Chevrolet van before speeding off. The Toyota apparently suffered some right front wheel and tire damage from this impact.
 
After this collision, the Toyota got on to I-84 and continued west bound at a high rate rate of speed. The driver of the Toyota then lost control of the vehicle and it spun sideways onto the north shoulder of I-84 where it then rolled multiple times.  The Toyota then struck a large, high voltage, power pole on the driver's side door, where it finally came to rest. 
 
The driver of the Toyota was identified as Cory Savage,35, of Pasco, Washington.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and the Boardman police and fire departments. The westbound 'B' lane of I-84 was closed for approximately five hours during the collision investigation.

The B lane of I-84 west bound near MP 166 was closed to traffic for approximately 5 hours.