A Tuesday morning, March 15, crash on westbound Interstate 84 west of Cascade Locks involving a commercial motor vehicle and a parked tow truck resulted in non-life threatening injuries to the truck driver and a passenger in the tow truck.
James Gibbons, 36, was transporting Shane Brazeal, 22, and Brazeal's car from Pasco, Wash., to the Portland area with a 1991 tow truck.
Gibbons pulled off the roadway around 1 a.m., with the two trucks' emergency lights activated, to tighten straps holding the car on the flat-bed tow truck.
As Gibbons was preparing to move back into the westbound travel lanes, a 2005 Sterling truck driven by Jeffrey Hale, 44, pulling two trailers was heading westbound when Hale apparently fell asleep and crashed into the tow truck, according to police reports.
Both vehicles became entangled and traveled approximately 200 feet before the commercial truck and trailers jackknifed, blocking both westbound lanes.
Hale and Brazeal were transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Gibbons was not injured. Hale was using safety restraints but Gibbons and Brazeal were not.
The westbound lanes of I-84 were closed for approximately three hours.
The officer cited Hale for careless driving. Troopers identified fatigue as the primary factor in the crash.
City of residence information for those involved was not available on Tuesday.
State Police officials remind drivers to stop and rest when they feel fatigued while driving. Attempting to drive through to a destination while fatigued may reduce reflexes and ability to react to emergencies or rapidly changing road conditions.
State troopers from The Dalles and Portland Patrol Offices conducted the investigation. Personnel from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire and Rescue and ODOT highway maintenance personnel assisted at the scene.