May 9, 2014
A 65-year old Washington man died at the wheel of the semi today at about 5:30 a.m. about a half-mile west of milepost 63 near Hood River. The driver was westbound and struck a guardrail, then traveled another 100 yards before veering into the wide, sloped meridian and colliding with a pine tree. Oregon State Police Sgt. Les Kipper said at the scene that the driver was dead when Hood River City Police arrived. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The truck bore the insignia J and L Transport, Wasco, but at press time the company could not be reached for further details. Kipper said, “Our first indication is that it was probably a medical reason that caused the crash.” There was no apparent damage to the tank, which contained anhydrous ammonia.
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