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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of La Grande
12/20/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Eagle, Idaho man died Saturday morning on Interstate 84 about ten miles east of La Grande when his pickup drove onto the shoulder of the freeway and crashed into an unoccupied tow truck assisting another motorist involved in an earlier traffic crash.
 
According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Ryan Moorehead, on December 20, 2008 at approximately 11:15 a.m. a 1998 Dodge pickup driven by JOHN A. SEARS, age 44, from Eagle, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 270 in the left lane. The pickup traveled from the left across to the right onto the shoulder and crashed into an unoccupied parked tow truck. The tow truck was assisting another motorist involved in an earlier crash.
 
SEARS was pronounced deceased at the scene. Safety restraint use information is not available.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the La Grande Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Highway conditions were packed snow and ice. ODOT and local emergency responders assisted at the scene.