Feb 08,2008 00:00
A Portland driver was lucky to escape injury Thursday when his SUV, traveling too fast for highway conditions, crashed into the back of an ODOT grader removing snow from the highway about 20 miles east of Detroit, Oregon.
Brown said the grader was traveling less than 30 mph with the vehicle’s yellow lights flashing when the unidentified driver crashed into it.
The estimated speed of the SUV was 43 mph, and the driver, who was subsequently cited for careless driving, was unable to stop in time.
One lane of the highway was blocked for about an hour, OSP said.
“ODOT and OSP consider this an example of the importance to drive ‘to the conditions and other traffic that may be present’ along our highways. ODOT equipment, including graders and snowplows, are working hard to keep the highways drivable and safe to travel on.”