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Deputy pinned by patrol car

by: Submitted photo - The driver of the Mercury and a sheriff’s deputy, both outside their vehicles, were hit by their vehicles when a semi struck the Mercury.


   A deputy responding to an accident on U.S. Highway 97 on Oct. 22, was pinned between his patrol car and a guard rail after a third vehicle crashed into the scene.
   According to the OSP report, at 10:45 p.m., Deputy David Wilson stopped to assist Zachary Dunn of Redmond, who had been involved in a single-car accident after he fell asleep at the wheel. Dunn's 1995 Mercury had struck the guard rail and was blocking the northbound lane of traffic.
   As the deputy was assisting Dunn, a 2000 Kenworth truck tractor driven by Alexander Dumonovskiy of Salem, which was headed north, struck Dunn's car knocking it into the southbound lane where it struck the patrol car.
   The impact knocked Dunn over the guard rail and pinned the deputy between his car and the guard rail. Both Dunn and deputy Wilson were taken by ambulance to the Redmond hospital with injuries.
   On Monday, Sheriff Jack Jones said Deputy Wilson was still in intensive care with pelvic injuries. "They said he will have a long and painful recovery, but he will be OK," Jones said. St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond was not releasing information on Dunn's condition on Monday.
   The truck driver, who was not injured, was taken to the Madras hospital by police for lab tests to determine if alcohol was a factor. The highway was blocked for 45 minutes and the investigation is continuing.