Memorial Day multi-car crash ties up freeway at Corbett

Three people were injured Monday afternoon in a series of several near-simultaneous crashes that occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Corbett and Rooster Rock State Park.

The crashes closed the westbound lanes for approximately 90 minutes.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Duane Larson, on May 27, at approximately 4 p.m., heavy holiday-related traffic was traveling westbound along Interstate 84 east of Corbett during conditions described as “heavy rain with standing water on the roadway.” An estimated 25 vehicles, passenger cars and pickups, were involved in approximately five different crash scenes spread out over a mile and a half.

OSP troopers, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District 14 firefighters, AMR ambulance personnel, and ODOT employees responded to the scene. Some of the vehicles had to be towed from the area and three people were taken to hospitals in Portland and Gresham for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

No citations were issued.

Quiet weekend

Hood River County Sheriff Matt English said local roads were quiet over the weekend, and so were the trails.

Deputies put an extra patrol emphasis on use of trails and campgrounds in the recreational areas west of Hood River, thanks to an Oregon State Parks enforcement grant, and it has paid off, according to English.

“It was a busy weekend for us, with a lot of people up in the woods,” English said. “The (OSP) grant has really made a big difference. It’s much quieter, much more family-friendly. We had some real problems in the past.”

On the roads, since May 20 deputies have issued citations for six seat belt violations and three more for unlawful cell phone use in vehicles. The extra patrols are paid for by an Oregon Department of Transportation grant.

Sheriff’s deputies and Hood River Police are continuing the ODOT campaign through Sunday.

Off-road citations issued this week were for technical violations relating to permits and operation of off-road vehicles, with few episodes of disorderly conduct, English said.

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