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Gresham driver escapes injury in Mulino wreck

A Gresham truck driver hauling a trailer of red and green peppers escaped injury when his rig tipped over in Mulino on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Patrick G. Kray, 64, of Gresham was driving a 2002 Freightliner semi-truck towing a trailer of produce northbound on Highway 213, a narrow two-lane highway with no paved shoulder, at 7:15 a.m. when the right front wheel dropped into a ditch on the side of the highway, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

Despite Kray's efforts to bring the truck back onto the pavement, its right side continued into the ditch and tipped over onto its side in front of Mulino Grade School.

The semi-trailer hit a pole supporting blinking lights marking a grade-school crosswalk. This ripped the top of the trailer open, spilling some of the peppers. The crash also blocked half of the northbound lane, but traffic managed to get through.

Kray, who was not injured, was cited for two driver logbook violations. The truck is registered to Cross Creek Trading Company in Medford. Mulino is located between Molalla and Oregon City.