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Oregon State Police reported six people suffered injuries in a multiple car crash Thursday on Interstate 84 in Morrow County.
The crash occurred at approximately 12:06 p.m. near milepost 156 in the eastbound lanes of the interstate. Those lanes were closed for more than three hours.
Investigating troopers think traffic slowed or came to a stop due to construction work in the area when a semitrailer, a passenger car, a pickup and another pickup towing a trailer crashed. But according to OSP, “due to the complexity of the crash and the number of vehicles involved, investigators are still working to determine the exact chain of events.”
Ground and air ambulance took six patients with injuries ranging from minor to critical to regional hospitals.
According to police, Arthur O’Neal, 41, from Prichard, Alabama, was driving the semi. He was uninjured.
Christopher Guthridge, 27, and William Guthridge, 65, both of Silverton, were in a 2012 Dodge pickup. Christopher Guthridge was the driver and suffered serious injuries. An ambulance took him to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, which transferred him to Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. William Guthridge was the passenger and suffered critical injuries. An air ambulance flew him to St. Charles Medical Center, Bend.
Jamie Starboard, 37, of Baker City, was driving with three children in a 2001 Pontiac. She suffered minor injuries and went to Good Shepherd. A 12-year-old girl in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, and was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center, The Dalles. Two other children in the car were taken to Good Shepherd for evaluation.
Austin Pendell, 24, of Summerville, was driving a 2012 Dodge pickup and towing a flatbed trailer. He suffered minor injuries and was transported to Good Shepherd.
Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are heading up the ongoing investigation with assistance from the state police crash reconstruction unit. The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Boardman fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.