Saturday, October 19, 2013
A Portland man died Thursday in a crash at the Oregon Department of Transportation truck scales station in Wyeth on Interstate 84.
Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash, which happened just before 5 a.m. along the westbound lanes at milepost 55, about seven miles west of Hood River.
According to witness reports provided by Oregon State Police, driver Timmy Truang, 18, was driving a 2007 Honda Civic two-door when the car nearly rear-ended a commercial truck and trailer, lost control, and went across the lanes into the Wyeth Weigh Station truck scales and crashed into the back of a parked semi-trailer.
Truang, who was using safety restraints, was pronounced dead at the scene and a male passenger suffered critical injuries. The passenger’s name has not been released at press time. The passenger was not using safety restraints, according to OSP.
He was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, local fire and medical responders, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
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