Oregon State Police troopers work at the scene of a one-vehicle accident Thursday on Interstate 84. The accident occurred near milepost 243. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
Icy roads could have played role in crash, police say
One person was transported to Grande Ronde Hospital following a crash on Interstate 84 Thursday afternoon.
The Oregon State Police had not released a name as of press time and could not provide information on the person’s injuries.
OSP troopers say a Charter Communications truck was headed westbound on I-84 near milepost 243 when it veered off the road and embankment, rolling at least once before coming to rest. The accident was reported about 2:30 p.m.
Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell said Thursday afternoon that it was a single-vehicle accident with only one occupant.
“At this point we’re still trying to determine the primary cause,” McDowell said. “Right now, it’s leaning toward winter driving conditions.”
Around the time of the crash TripCheck.com was reporting black ice in the Meacham area, near where the crash occurred.
Weather forecasts indicate roads could be slick through the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Blue Mountains, where 6 to 12 inches of snow are expected to fall today and tonight.
Rob Brooks, a forecaster with NWS in Pendleton, said the storm was starting to come through Pendleton around 9 a.m. Friday morning. After 9 a.m., he said, there is a 100 percent chance of snow in the Grande Ronde Valley, with 3 inches of snowfall possible by 3 p.m. After that, a mix of snow and rain is expected.
“It’s probably going to be wet and slushy,” Brooks said. “You’ll want to pay attention in the mornings. Keep your eyes on the pavement and look for any shiny surfaces on the road.”
By Sunday temperatures are expected to rise into the high 30s.