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Two Boardman residents taken to hospitals after crash on overpass

East Oregonian

Published on June 13, 2017 11:55AM

Last changed on June 13, 2017 8:28PM

A serious injury crash blocked the overpass at exit 182 on Interstate 84 Monday morning.

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

A serious injury crash blocked the overpass at exit 182 on Interstate 84 Monday morning.

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A serious injury crash blocked the overpass at exit 182 on Interstate 84 Monday morning.

Staff photo by Jade McDowell

A serious injury crash blocked the overpass at exit 182 on Interstate 84 Monday morning.

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A crash on the overpass above exit 182 on Interstate I-84 closed the exit Monday morning.

Staff photo by Jade McDowell

A crash on the overpass above exit 182 on Interstate I-84 closed the exit Monday morning.

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Two Boardman residents were seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 207 Monday near Interstate 84.

A teenager was most seriously injured, and he was transported by air to a hospital in Richland and later to Spokane.

Oregon State Police is still investigating the crash, which took place at 10:31 a.m. on Monday. The investigation so far shows that Markus Smith, 20, was driving a silver Pontiac Grand Am with a 13-year-old male passenger. The Pontiac was stopped at the stop sign at the top of the I-84 eastbound ramp of exit 182.

The Pontiac pulled onto Highway 207 and into the path of a commercial motor vehicle operated by Kevin Helzer of Hermiston. The Pontiac sideswiped Helzer’s vehicle and spun, striking another vehicle, which was facing south and waiting to turn onto I-84 eastbound.

Smith was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. His 13-year-old passenger, whose name was not released by OSP, suffered critical injuries and was transported by Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, and then to a Spokane hospital. Helzer and Glen Sharp, the driver of the other commercial vehicle, were not injured.

As of Tuesday morning, the condition of both Smith and his passenger were unknown. Good Shepherd said Smith was no longer a patient at the hospital, but did not say whether he had been released or transported for further care.





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