Three-vehicle collision sends two to hospital

A Safeway semi-trailer sustained front end damage after a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 84 near Hermiston.

Two semi-trailers and a roadside service truck were involved in a crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 84 westbound near Hermiston.

According to Oregon State Police Trooper John Lombardi, one of the rigs, operated by Triple J Express, was limping along in the slow lane at about 35 mph followed by the service truck trying to reach the Westland Road exit.

A second semi, operated by Safeway, attempted to pass at about 55 mph but could not change lanes due to traffic and rear-ended the service truck, which slammed forward into the back of the Triple J trailer. The driver of the Safeway truck, 61-year-old Blair Andersen, was cited for following too closely. He refused medical, though the other two drivers were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center with minor injuries.

OSP shut down one lane of I-84 at the crash scene for an hour while crews worked to clear debris from the road. The Safeway truck sustained serious front end damage, while the service truck was totaled.

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