Two sent to hospital after early morning crash

By Observer staff May 11, 2014 03:24 pm

Two people were injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle head-on crash in a highway work zone on Interstate 84 west of La Grande. One of the involved drivers was cited after she drove past barricade signs posted to prevent drivers from traveling the wrong way into a traffic lane. 

The area where the crash occurred is single lane for both east and west traffic on a bridge with a concrete divider. Construction work in the area between milepost 261 and 252 has the westbound lanes closed, with westbound traffic diverted into one eastbound lane for highway work between milepost 261 and 252. 

Merrill Hilde, 64, of Pendleton, was leaving La Grande westbound on Interstate 84 and drove past several freeway access closed signs and a barricade sign. The Hilde’s vehicle entered the one eastbound lane the wrong way and traveled about a half mile before colliding head-on near milepost 259 with a vehicle driven by Norris Logsdon, 74, of Hermiston. 

Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande with non-life threatening injuries.

The eastbound lane of I-84 was closed for one hour before both vehicles could be moved. 

Oregon State Police officers were assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, fire personnel and Oregon Department of Transportation. 

Hilde was cited by OSP for failure to obey a traffic control device.