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Orion overturns plow on Highway 237

Winter Storm Orion may have disrupted the Interstate 5 corridor but caused relatively few problems for Eastern Oregon this weekend.

Interstate 84 had a number of weather-related crashes and slideoffs, but there were no significant injuries reported.

“We got through it relatively unscathed,” said Oregon State Police’s Lt. Gordon Larson. “There were a number of fatal crashes in the state.”

Close to a foot of snow fell in La Grande from the beginning of the storm Thursday through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Joe Solomon, a meteorologist with NWS in Pendleton, said about six inches of that fell Saturday.

The snow did cause an Oregon Department of Transportation plow to overturn in the Pyles Canyon area Saturday afternoon.

“There’s an area there where the drift’s really bad,” said ODOT spokesman Tom Strandberg.

Strandberg said the plow driver was trying to get the drift off the road but got stuck and started rolling. No one was hurt in the incident near milepost 18 on Highway 237.

“It was a minor incident but certainly something we’re cautious of,” Strandberg said. “There was nothing really major here in Eastern Oregon.”

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