“Honey, I really don’t think this is the shortcut to Portland!”
A commercial truck driver and passenger escaped without injury after their truck crashed through an Interstate 84 guardrail about 17 miles west of Ontario. The truck traveled over 1,100 feet down an embankment before coming to a stop.
On August 23, 2008 at approximately 6:00 a.m., a 2008 Peterbuilt truck pulling a semi-trailer (CRST) was operated by CHRIS MURPHY, age 48, from Hazlehurst, Georgia, eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 365. The truck drifted off the north shoulder and into the median where it continued across the westbound lanes, crashing through a guardrail and over the embankment.
The total scene length was 1583 feet, and the distance the vehicle traveled after going over the embankment was 1134 feet.
The driver and passenger were not injured. Oregon State Police cited MURPHY for Careless Driving.
Photograph Source: Oregon State Police