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Chain-reaction wreck blocks I-84 Sunday

November 30, 2005

Three people were injured Sunday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 84 eastbound about five miles west of Hood River involving a bus and six passenger vehicles.

One of those vehicles, a Ford Explorer, flipped in the air and landed in the bed of a pickup, according to witnesses.

The Yacolt, Wash., couple in the Explorer was unhurt but declined to identify themselves. The man’s daughter drove from Vancouver to pick them up at the scene, the Mitchell Point viewpoint exit.

At approximately 1 p.m., heavy holiday traffic on Interstate 84 eastbound slowed down as it approached a construction work zone near milepost 60, according to Lieut. Gregg Hastings of Oregon State Police.

Near milepost 58, a minor rear end crash happened involving two passenger cars in the left lane. As other traffic was stopping behind the minor crash scene, a bus failed to stop and ran into the back of a car, leading to a chain reaction crash.

A total of six passenger cars, including the two vehicles involved in the first minor crash, and the bus were involved.

Three occupants from the involved passenger cars were transported to hospitals in Hood River and Portland for treatment. Injuries are believed non-life threatening.

The bus was owned by Moffit Bros. Transportation and was occupied by 35 students from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. No one was injured on the bus, and another bus was brought to the scene to transport the students.

The bus and six passenger vehicles were towed from the scene.

No names are available for release. The investigation is continuing and no citations have been issued.

Eastbound traffic was able to get through the crash scene area using the freeway off and on ramps at Mitchell Point interchange.

Oregon State Police troopers were assisted by Hood River Sheriff’s Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.

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