Dec 22,2006 00:00
A commercial truck driver was cited for careless driving after he lost control when he attempted to pass a slower moving semi-truck and trailer as the vehicles approached an icy curve, causing both trailers to collide, and one to jackknife and spill its load. All three lanes of Highway 97 were blocked for two hours, said Oregon State Police.
Rusty Graves, a 35-year old resident of Libby, Montana, was cited by Oregon State Police for careless driving. Neither he nor the other unidentified driver were injured in the accident.
According to the OSP news release, Oregon Department of Transportation personnel responded to the scene to handle traffic and highway scene management. All three lanes of Highway 97 were blocked completely for about two hours, then it was periodically reopened for quite some time until completely cleared.