Emergency responders stand outside a Nissan Rogue that crashed into a commercial truck, crossed the median into oncoming traffic, and then stopped back in the median Friday morning.

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 82 Friday morning resulted in one driver being transported to the hospital and cited for following too closely.

According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Seth Cooney, Michael P. Coulson, 22, of Mattawa, Washington, was driving a red Nissan Rogue eastbound on Interstate 82 near milepost 2 when he struck the back of a commercial semi-truck driven by Edward T. Garduno, 70, of Thornton, Colorado, shortly before 11 a.m.

After striking the truck, Coulson’s vehicle traveled across the median into oncoming traffic on the westbound side, struck an orange construction barrel, traveled back to the eastbound side and stopped in the median.

“He narrowly missed a bus (on the westbound side),” Cooney said.

Coulson was transported with minor injuries to Good Shepherd Medical Center and was cited for following too closely.

Oregon State Police, Umatilla Police Department, Umatilla Rural Fire Protection District and Umatilla County Fire District 1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

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