May 23,2007 00:00
A 28-year old Washington man was killed early Tuesday morning, one minute after a motorist called 911 to report that a pickup was driving the wrong way on Interstate 84 east of Hood River. He collided nearly head-on with an oncoming SUV, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported.
Troopers said the Yukon was just beginning to pass a commercial truck towing two trailers when the collision occurred, and the impact forced it into one of the trailers.
The driver of the Yukon, 78-year old John L. Clark of Hillsboro, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with reportedly serious injuries. Clark was using safety restraints and the GMC’s airbags deployed.
Clark’s passenger, Harley Niemi, 60, of Yacolt, Washington was transported to Hood River Providence Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Troopers said he was wearing a seat belt.
Assistance at the scene was provided by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Hood River Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responder personnel.
Oregon Department of Transportation closed traffic lanes for over two hours during accident investigation and clean up.