A pileup involving more than 20 vehicles, many of them
big rigs, Saturday on Interstate 84 left at least a dozen people injured. The crash
happened just before five in the morning, according to state transportation
officials. Although roughly 100 people were involved in the pileup, everyone
made it out alive and only about a dozen were injured.
Injuries ranged from minor to critical. Most of the injured were immediately
transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center. Some later were taken to
Portland's OHSU Hospital due to the severity of their injuries.
Saturday morning's driving conditions were extremely hazardous, with
icy roads, thick fog, and high winds. The pileup involved not just one
crash, but a series of crashes that spanned nearly a third of a mile.
Oregon police officials reported that while about 20 vehicles were directly
involved, another 50 or possibly more may have been indirectly affected.
Many of the vehicles involved in the collision were semi-trucks, some
carrying hazardous materials.
Officials are still investigating the crash and likely will be for some
time. No doubt the adverse weather conditions contributed to the pileup,
but other factors could have been at play. Our thoughts go out to all
those affected by this horrific crash.
Paulson Coletti advocates for victims of serious accidents such as this
one. If you or someone you love was injured, we invite you to contact an Oregon
auto accident lawyer at our firm for a
free review of your legal rights and options.