Hay truck wreck stalls Labor Day traffic


by: OSP Photo  - A hay truck spilled its load on U.S. Highway 26, tying up Labor Day traffic.

   All westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 26 east of Government Camp are open following Monday afternoon's crash involving a truck transporting a load of hay that rolled onto its side as it traveled through a curve at the junction with Highway 35.
   The driver, Patrick J. Courtney, 44, of Colton, Ore., was cited by Oregon State Police following an investigation.
   According to Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe, on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, at 5:15 p.m., a 2000 Peterbilt truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay driven by Courtney, was westbound on U.S. 26 near milepost 56 (Hood River turnoff) when it entered a left curve too fast.
   The hay shifted, causing the trailer to flip onto its right side in the right westbound lane. The truck followed the trailer as it also overturned on its side.
   Approximately 90 percent of the hay fell off the trailer onto the shoulder. Courtney was cited for having a shifting load.
   OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Hoodland Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
   One westbound lane and shoulder were blocked for approximately four hours during the scene clean-up and vehicle removal.