STANFIELD - Icy conditions are blamed for a roll-over accident near Stanfield this morning that sent two people to the hospital.
The accident occurred about 8 a.m. when a 2001 Chevy half-ton truck hit a patch of ice when its driver attempted to pass a semitruck. The driver lost control of the Chevy truck, which hit the median and rolled over, crushing the roof.
The family, whose names were not available at press time, was on its way from Keizer to Utah for the holidays, according to a spokesman from Hermiston ambulance. Three children in the back seat were uninjured.
Roads made slippery by frozen fog were the cause of several accidents Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, said Pat Hart of the Hermiston Fire and Emergency Service District.
At 2:45 a.m. today, Hermiston ambulance crews responded to an accident caused by slick roads at the intersection of Interstate 82 and Interstate 84, and another at 6:30 a.m. today at the intersection of Interstate 84 and Highway 395. There were no injuries in either incident.
The Morrow County Sheriff's office received calls from Sherman County near John Day and from Benton County in Washington. Both incidents were ice-related, but there were no serious injuries, according to sheriff's office officials.
This is the time of year that roads begin to get slick and drivers are encouraged to slow down and take extra caution, Hart said.
Early morning fog - along with black ice on the roads - will likely continue through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with daytime highs in the 50s around Hermiston and Pendleton, and nighttime lows in the mid to upper 20s.
As of 5 a.m. this morning, temperatures were reaching 22 degrees in Pendleton, 23 degrees in Hermiston and 19 degrees in Meacham, according to officials at the National Weather Service in Pendleton.