Jan 05,2007 00:00
A truck driver from Fresno, California was cited for reckless driving Thursday afternoon after he lost control of his semi-truck and trailer when he attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle as another auto approached on ice and snow covered Highway 97 north of Gilchrist. Both the truck and trailer rolled on their sides, skidded down the highway, and came to rest blocking both lanes of traffic for over an hour, Oregon State Police reported.
Paul Davis, 50, was traveling north in a semi-truck towing a trailer-load of dog food when the accident occurred about noon on January 4, approximately ten miles north of Gilchrist.
The truck and trailer stopped, blocking both lanes of Highway 97 for about 1 ½ hours. One lane of traffic was reopened about 1:30 p.m. as Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) personnel continued with cleanup efforts. No others vehicles were hit, and the load of dog food did not spill.
Davis and his passenger, 47-year old Robert Caldwell of San Francisco, California, were using safety restraints and received minor injuries in the crash. Both men refused transport for medical care.