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Semi Loses Control on Highway 97

OREGON — Thursday morning a commercial truck lost control on an icy section of Highway 58 about five miles northwest of Highway 97 causing the semi to roll onto its side. Fortunately, the driver was not injured and ironically, the car of the trooper who had responded to the scene was nearly struck by another commercial truck that jackknifed as it lost control approaching the accident.

A commercial truck Thursday morning after losing control and rolling onto its side along an icy section of Highway 58 about five miles northwest of Highway 97. While at the scene, the trooper’s car was nearly struck by another commercial truck that jackknifed as it lost control approaching this crash scene.

According to Senior Trooper Don Newcomb, early Thursday morning the commercial truck and semi-trailer were traveling about 50mph westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 80 when the truck’s driver lost control due to patches of ice. The truck and trailer began to jackknife and spun 180 degrees across the centerline before rolling onto their right side off the eastbound shoulder. The highway was not blocked.

While Newcomb was talking to the driver, another westbound commercial truck approaching the scene lost control and started to jackknife. The sliding truck and trailer narrowly missed the trooper’s patrol car, and after it passed the driver was able to straighten out the vehicles and continued westbound without stopping.

Oregon State Police and ODOT urge travelers to be alert for icy road conditions and to “Know Before You Go” by checking road and weather conditions prior to traveling. A link to TripCheck’s website can be found under the weather tab at the bottom of the page, by selecting links!