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Truck crash, trailer spill cause delay on Interstate 84

Scene was in westbound lanes east of Corbett


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Metal debris spilled from the trailer of a truck that crashed in the Gorge Monday afternoon.A trailer loaded with scrap metal that spilled into the freeway when its driver crashed his pickup over a guardrail was the cause of a three-hour delay Monday afternoon on westbound Interstate 84 east of Corbett.

At around 3:31 p.m. a state trooper was stopped on the freeway shoulder when Obray Davis of northeast Portland drove by in his 1982 Dodge pickup towing a homemade trailer.

Davis, 45, lost control trying to change lanes and his pickup veered off the freeway, striking a guardrail and launching it into brush and trees.

The trailer tore away, spilling pieces of scrap metal on the traffic lanes and piercing through the outside of a motorhome.

Davis was not injured.

His passenger, Damien Warner, 32, suffered a minor head wound when metal flew through the back of the pickup, but he was not taken to the hospital.

Oregon State Police cited Davis for careless driving.

Westbound lanes were closed for about 30 minutes to keep cars from running over the debris.

One lane was then re-opened while authorities used a backhoe and dump truck to clear what was left of the metal from the road.



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