Two members of the Army’s 17th Field Artillery Brigade took a detour to a hospital Monday morning due to a crash near Pendleton. Army spokesman Staff Sgt. Jacob Kohrs said they did not suffer serious injuries. The brigade was on a 550-mile convoy training exercise from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho. Kohrs said the training is to ensure the vehicles are in good order.
“We’ve been working at this for the past week,” he said.
Monday morning at about 8:30 a.m. the convoy was heading east on Interstate 84 a few miles west of Pendleton when a civilian SUV rear-ended one of the Humvees. Four personnel were in the military vehicle, Kohrs said, which went off road and tipped over.
Kohrs said the ambulance took two personnel to the hospital as a precautionary measure to make sure they were OK.
He also said the Army takes multiple safeguards on training missions, including frequent stops to make sure drivers have rest and are keeping plenty of distance between their vehicles to allow room for civilian traffic.
Oregon State Police and other agencies responded to the wreck. State police reported it planned to issue a news statement about the crash.