Truck sideswipes hay barn
A truck hauling French fries and other frozen food on U.S. Highway 26 east, on Saturday, at 6:56 a.m., crashed into a hay barn, sideswiping almost the entire length of it after the driver blacked out.
According to Sheriff Jim Adkins and log records, on Sept. 30, driver Michael Plumondore, 59, of Boring, had delivered food to the Madras McDonald's, and gotten a cup of coffee.
Around 6:56 a.m., while he was traveling to Prineville and drinking coffee, he began to choke and lost consciousness. When he awoke, his truck was stopped against the barn.
Adkins said, "The semi went off the road and struck a 120- by 50-foot hay shed with hay inside. It damaged almost the entire south facing side."
John and Debbie Volle are the owners of the hay barn. A figure for the damages had not yet been recorded, but Adkins estimated it at $5,000 to $6,000.
Plumondore was cited for failure to maintain a lane. The truck cab, and the trailer's contents were not damaged, and another refrigerated truck was contacted to transfer the cargo, Adkins said.