Wind causes truck, trailer to overturn on I-84

By Observer staff March 22, 2013 03:05 pm

by OBSERVER STAFF 

A commercial truck driver suffered only a minor injury Wednesday afternoon when a wind gust apparently tipped his truck and empty trailer on their side on Interstate 84 near North Powder.

The crash occured about five miles north of North Powder at about 2:10 p.m. Wednesday. The driver of the truck sustained a minor injury and did not have to be transported to a hospital.

High wind gusts may helped to cause the crash, according to an Oregon State Police report. 

The accident blocked both eastbound lanes of traffic for two hours. Vehicles were able to go around the accident scene via the freeway shoulder, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

The truck pulling the empty semi-trailer was driven by Michael Corpuz, 38, of Santa Maria, Calif. Corpuz told OSP that a strong wind gust tipped the truck and trailer onto their side as he was driving. The truck and trailer came to rest blocking the inside shoulder and a majority of both traffic lanes. 

The OSP confirmed that there were extreme wind gusts at the time of the accident. There was also sleet and heavy rain. 

Those responding to the accident scene included OSP troopers from La Grande and Baker City, North Powder Quick Response, the La Grande Rural Fire Department and ODOT.