Hood River Police busy with freeway problems on Friday

Friday afternoon traffic was backed up along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 due to two separate vehicle problems. Hood River City Police responded to the first call for help about 3 p.m. near mile post 68. They arrived to find a Suburban with a travel trailer that was stranded in the middle of the freeway. The vehicle, driven by Harold C. Schweitzer, 77, of Portland, had lost a rear tire. According to reports, Schweitzer lost control of the SUV after it swerved and struck the median barrier before coming to a stop. A tow truck arrived to clear the scene after both lanes were closed for about 20 minutes.

About an hour later, three vehicles were involved in a rear-end accident near milepost 63. City Police were once again the first responders and found two of the automobiles with more than $1,000 in damages.

According to reports, the incident occurred when a Honda sedan driven by Leng T. Tang, 38, of Boring was headed toward The Dalles and hit the tail section of a Honda sedan driven by Carlos C. Haycock, 25, of Portland. That impact sent Haycock’s vehicle into the back of a Dodge mini-van driven by Marco Medrano-Perez, 29, of Hood River. Both Tang and Perez were estimated to have higher repair costs than Haycock, although no one sustained serious injuries.

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