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Third OSP Patrol Vehicle Damaged This Week When Struck by Other Vehicle
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
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An unoccupied Oregon State Police (OSP) patrol car was damaged Tuesday after it was struck by a sliding semi-trailer on the on ramp to Interstate 205 northbound from Lawnfield Road. This is the third OSP patrol car struck this week as troopers work at crash scenes or assist motorists needing help during the current winter conditions.
On December 23, 2008 at 11:24 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt stopped on the right side of the Interstate 205 on ramp curve to assist a pickup. As the trooper was outside the patrol car, a 2009 Freightliner pulling a semi-trailer operated by ARTHUR J. PATTERSON, age 62, from Rainier, Washington, was approaching the scene and attempted to slow down. The semi-trailer slid the side and crashed into the rear portion of the passenger compartment, breaking out the rear window and causing minor body damage.
The on ramp was closed about 90 minutes until the jackknifed commercial vehicle and pickup could be towed from the area. The trailer was loaded with sugar products and the truck is registered to Swift Trucking.
The roadway was covered with packed snow / ice. No citations were issued.