Friday, May 9, 2014
A 65-year old Washington man died at the wheel of the semi he was driving Friday at approximately 5:30 a.m. about a half-mile west of milepost 63 on Interstate 84 in Hood River. Melvin Roy Schwark, age 64, from Lyle, Washington, was going westbound and struck a guardrail, then traveled another 100 yards before veering into the wide, sloped median and colliding with a pine tree, which was severed.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Les Kipper said at the scene that the driver was dead when Hood River City Police arrived.
Kipper said, “Our first indication is that it was probably a medical reason that caused the crash.”
There was no apparent damage to the tank, which contained anhydrous ammonia. Hood River County Sheriff deputies and Hood River Fire Department responded, and Oregon Department of Transportation arrived at about 7:15 a.m. to cut away branches of the tree that were extending into the fast lane of the east-bound side of the freeway.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge