HERMISTON — Oregon State Police reported a Spokane man died early Friday in a semitrailer crash near Hermiston.
Troopers from the Pendleton and Hermiston offices at about 12:10 a.m. Friday responded to a report of the crash at the intersection of interstates 84 and 82. State police reported the preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Freightliner towing an unloaded flatbed trailer failed to negotiate the curve on the onramp to I-82, left the road on the west shoulder and rolled several times in the median.
The crash ejected the driver, Ray Dean Harper, 50, according to state police, and he died at the scene.
Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are investigating the cause of the crash with the assistance of a collision reconstructionist. The Oregon Department of Transportation and Umatilla County Fire District 1 also responded to the crash.
Police partially closed the road for approximately five hours for the investigation and to the recover the semi.
The fatal crash comes eight days after a van hauling an Idaho youth group crashed at the same intersection. No one died in that crash, which occurred Feb. 1 at about 1 in the afternoon, but multiple people were injured.
And on Monday night about a mile away on Interstate 84 Ever Moreno Lerma, 48, of Boardman crashed a Chevrolet Trailblazer, was thrown from his vehicle and killed.