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Two Drivers Cited After Crashing Into Unoccupied OSP Patrol Cars
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Two Oregon State Police patrol cars where struck Monday during separate incidents while troopers were outside the vehicles investigating traffic crashes.  In both incidents, the drivers were cited and no one was injured.
In the first incident, on November 22, 2010 at approximately 5:38 a.m. OSP Trooper John Lombardi was investigating a multi-vehicle crash westbound on Interstate 82 just south of Umatilla. As the trooper was outside the OSP patrol car parked on the left southbound lane with emergency lights activated, a passenger car driven by CORY S. LONG, age 33, from Umatilla, lost control. LONG's car collided with the center concrete barrier before crashing into the left rear corner of the patrol car.  LONG was was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
Photograph links for the first incident valid 30 days:
In the second incident, on November 22, 2010 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Trooper Ryan Tellier had parked his marked OSP patrol car with emergency overhead lights activated about six feet from the fog line on the eastbound shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 30 investigating another traffic crash. As the trooper was outside talking to the driver involved in the first crash, a red 2003 Honda Accord driven by CHERYL L. GODWIN, age 63, from The Dalles, traveled across the fog line and sideswiped the left front quarter panel of the OSP patrol car. No one was injured.  GODWIN was cited by OSP for Failure to Drive Within a Lane.
Photograph links for the second incident valid 30 days:
OSP and ODOT ask everyone to slow down, increase following distances so you can safety stop, stay alert and drive carefully. During the coming days with colder temperatures and increased chances of icy, snowy road conditions, these potentially dangerous driving conditions are factoring into more traffic crashes and other roadside emergencies. Be watchful for emergency workers and their vehicles — police car, ambulance, tow vehicle, or public safety vehicle — on the roadside with emergency lights flashing.
Other tips to remember:
  • Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions, potential traffic hazards and highway closures.
  • Check road conditions by visiting  www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving starting with good tires, a good battery, and a full tank of gas.
  • Carry an emergency kit and chains or traction tires, especially if traveling over mountain passes.
  • Drive according to conditions. If it's wet, icy, snowy or foggy, slow down and increase your following distance behind other vehicles to at least a four-second distance. Keep in mind that conditions may not be perfect to drive at the posted speed.
  • Be watchful for potential icy conditions during cold weather on bridges, curves and shaded areas.
  • Use headlights even in daylight to help other drivers see you.
  • Don't use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or foggy conditions.