Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles Area command have had their hands full this week.
When asked how many crashes and other incidents troopers have responded to this week, senior trooper Kaipo Raiser started to count and quickly gave up.
"It's a lot," he said.
Numerous crashes have been reported throughout the week due to snow and icy conditions on the highway, and Raiser said troopers have been stretched to the limit to respond to them all.
"We've basically just been running from crash to crash," Raiser said. "We've had Fish and Wildlife officers out there helping us patrol, as well."
Raiser said that several troopers have nearly been struck by speeding or sliding cars on the roadway, and said that all drivers need to slow down and take appropriate precautions.
"Several of our troopers have almost been struck today," Raiser said. "People have been driving way too fast."
With so many crashes, the troopers have essentially just been dashing from crash to crash trying to keep up them all.
"We have been running around like mad," he said.
More like this story
- Lorang Fine Art open house will be Oct. 4
- Body of missing paddle boarder found in Columbia River
- Lummi Totem visits Hood River
- Living with Smoke
- Toward a healthier HRV: Health Center serves students this fall
- CL Port hosts Aug. 29 Bridge of the Gods walk
- Lost hiker, 75, found safe at Laurance Lake
- Brian Stenberg returns to his roots as Horizon’s new A.D.
- In its fifth running, Paddle Challenge is bigger than ever
- Cougar Creek fire creeps north
Helicopter searches for hiker
BLACKHAWK helicopter flies over Mt. Hood National Forest near Laurance Lake on Friday, Aug. 21. The military aircraft was called in to help police seek a missing hiker from The Dalles. Enlarge