Jan 31,2008 00:00
A Klamath Falls man and his six-year-old daughter were injured Wednesday night on Highway 97 when a commercial truck lost control on an icy bridge, crossed the centerline, and slammed into their pickup. Moments later, the pickup was hit by a second commercial truck when it was unable to stop, and the father and daughter were trapped inside the smashed vehicle for over two hours before firefighters could remove them, troopers reported.
During the nearly 2 ½ hours that firefighters worked to extricate the Neimans from the wreckage of their 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, a surgeon was called to the scene to access the father’s condition.
Troopers said that Juan Rojas Linares, the 33-year old El Cajon, California driver who lost control of his southbound commercial truck near milepost 275 about 7:25 p.m. on January 30, was uninjured.
The second commercial truck that struck Neiman’s pickup was driven by Robert J. Wanker, 69, of Redmond. He, too, was uninjured, OSP said.
The highway was closed for about five hours, and Klamath Falls Police and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. OSP is continuing an investigation.