LA GRANDE — A Mt. Vernon, Washington, truck driver was seriously injured in an afternoon one-vehicle accident on Interstate 84, 15 miles southeast of La Grande, on Saturday, Oct. 2.
The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when Robert Scott McPhaden, 56, lost control of the westbound semi-truck and trailer he was driving, according to the Oregon State Police. McPhaden was transported by a Life Flight Network helicopter to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington.
McPhaden told police that the accident occurred when he took a corner too wide and ended up on the shoulder of the roadway. He said he then overcorrected, causing his semi-truck and trailer to roll at least twice.
McPhaden, who was wearing a seatbelt, had no passengers in his vehicle.
No citations were issued by the OSP.