Snow and slick roads resulted in multiple slide-offs and rollovers near Hermiston this morning between 8-9:45 a.m., including a driver who had to be extracted from a rolled vehicle.
Hermiston Ambulance and paramedics from the Umatilla Chemical Depot were dispatched at 8:39 a.m. to a rolled blue Ford Windstar near Milepost 182 on Interstate 84. Emergency workers used the "Jaws of Life" and cutting tools to extract the female driver.
The vehicle, after rolling over, came to rest upright on the south side of the interstate.
The driver, whose name wasn't released, sustained head and neck injuries. After extrication, she was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.
The Umatilla Chemical Depot emergency workers staged near Westland Road on Interstate 82 anticipating accidents, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Wilson.
Ken Kennedy with the Oregon State Police dispatch center at Central Point said other accident calls received as of 8:30 this morning in the Hermiston area were non-injury.
Kennedy said rollovers and slide-offs, due to snow and slick roads, occurred on Interstate 82, Interstate 84 and Highway 395.
He said a car slid off Interstate 82 between Mileposts 4 and 5, there was a non-injury rollover on Interstate 84 at Milepost 187 and a slide-off on Highway 395 near Race City USA outside of Hermiston.
"All were within probably a half hour of each other," Kennedy said. "The whole west side of the state is slick too."
Eric Patton, communications deputy with the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, said there were no accidents reported as of 8:39 a.m. this morning.
"I had a 9-1-1 on I-84 and I-82, but it was transferred to Hermiston," he said referring to the van rollover.
At 9:30 a.m. another three rollovers occurred within 10 minutes of each other on Interstate 84, at Mileposts 199, 191 and 187. The vehicles involved were all white four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles.
At about 10:20 a.m., another caller reported a rolled vehicle on Highway 395 near the Hermiston Wal-Mart Distribution Center.