Semi wrecks close U.S. 97
Six different fog and black ice-related accidents were reported the morning of Friday, Jan. 5, near the U.S. Highway 97 and Highway 197 (Maupin) area, according to Oregon State Police Sgt. Kaipo Raiser, of The Dalles office.
The wreck that closed U.S. 97 for around 2 1/2 hours occurred at 8:45 a.m., one mile north of the 97/197 junction.
According to the report, a Freightliner semi, driven by David Brubeck, 45, of Torrance, California, did not see another semi, which was stopped to chain up.
The parked Kenworth semi, operated by Wilburn Smallwood, 37, of Luftkin, Texas, which also had Jennifer Smallwood, 38, as a passenger, was hit by Brubeck's vehicle, and pushed into a third semitruck, operated by Terry Whatley, 61, of Orland, California.
Whatley, who was also chaining up at the time, was knocked to the ground, but only received minor injuries.
"Wilburn and Jennifer Smallwood, and Brubeck were transported to St. Charles Madras with moderate injuries. Brubeck was cited for driving too fast for the conditions," Sgt. Raiser said.
Both lanes of U.S. 97 were closed while the jackknifed semis were cleared from the highway, and one lane was reopened at 11:30 a.m.