Mar 03,2008 00:00
CRESCENT LAKE, Ore. -- A semi-truck and trailer driver from California was cited for careless driving after he lost control on Highway 58 near Crescent Lake Sunday night, crashed into a snow bank, jack-knifed, overturned, then slid down the highway before it stopped, blocking all lanes of traffic for near six hours.
Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Joe Smith said the non-injury crash occurred about 8 p.m., March 2, when Salvador Rivera, 34, was traveling westbound, down an icy hill and approaching a curve at an “excessive” rate of speed for the conditions.
Rivera was cited for careless driving, a news release stated.
“The driver was wearing safety restraints, and there was no oncoming traffic – otherwise this could have been more serious than it was,” Trooper Smith said.
The highway was reopened about six hours later, OSP said.