ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 22 in the Santiam Canyon is closed in both directions following a serious two vehicle crash just four miles east of Gates (milepost 37) near Niagra County Park. This could be a long closure. Travelers should avoid the area or find an alternative route.
According to Senior Trooper Casey Hunter, a 1998 Chevy Prius, operated by Kimberly BLOCKER, age 38, of Albany, was attempting to make a left hand turn from Columbus Street onto HWY 34 when it struck the right passenger side wheel well of a 2001 Ford Ranger which was traveling westbound on HWY 34.
The Ford Ranger, operated by Alex EFIMOFF, age 28, of Woodburn, lost control and rolled onto it's top coming to rest on the highway. EFIMOFF was transported to Albany General Hospital for minor injuries.
At the completion of the investigation, BLOCKER was cited for Careless Driving . Westbound lanes were blocked for at least an hour while crews worked to remove the vehicles.
OSP was assisted by ODOT, The Albany Fire Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Office.
Oregon State Police and other emergency personnel are on scene of an injury, rollover crash on HWY 34, just west of I-5. Both westbound lanes are blocked. Use alternate routes and visit www.tripcheck.com for road status. More information will be released when it is available.
According to Sergeant Tom Hutchison, the driver of a 1997 Chevy Blazer was traveling westbound when the vehicle left the roadway and traveled onto the shoulder of the westbound lane. The operator, Travis LAKE, age 25, of Caldwell, ID lost control of the vehicle where it crossed over both lanes of the roadway and onto the shoulder of the eastbound lane. The vehicle subsequently rolled over and came to rest on it's top.
LAKE was treated by emergency medical technicians, but refused to be transported to the hospital. LAKE showed indicators of impairment and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Grant County jail, where he cooperated with a drug evaluation. LAKE was issued a citation in lieu of custody for DUII, Reckless Driving and Possession of Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana.
OSP was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff's Office and Blue Mountain EMTS.
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: Westbound OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.) remains blocked after a crash near Tangent at MP 9.16. Westbound traffic is being detoured onto Columbus, then Old Highway 34, then to OR 99E to OR 34. Eastbound travel is not affected. Westbound travelers should anticipate minor delays.
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The suspect is described as a white male, 18-25, 5'6-5'7, thin build, last seen wearing black leather jack, blue jeans, and a gas mask.
The vehicle the suspect fled in is described as a white mid-90's Honda Accord, 2dr with black molding extending horizontal on door, no sunroof (photo is of a similar vehicle, not the actual vehicle).
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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