Traffic on Highway 395 at the south end of Hermiston was backed up on Monday afternoon after a collision between a semi and a pickup blocked both southbound lanes of traffic near the water tower.
James Zimmerman, 68, of Hermiston was traveling northbound on Highway 395 near Southeast View Drive when his 1996 Chevrolet pick-up drifted into the oncoming southbound lane and struck a 2018 Peterbilt semi-truck, according to Hermiston Police Department. The commercial vehicle was driven by Ronald Grey, 58, of Coeur d-Alene, Idaho.
Zimmerman was taken by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, for “reported minor injuries” and Grey was not injured. Umatilla County Fire District 1 responded, including the district’s hazardous materials personnel who assisted with containment and clean-up of a large diesel fuel spill.
“There were no signs of impairment from any of the parties involved, and is not believed to be a causing factor in this case,” Captain Scott Clark wrote on Hermiston Police Department’s Facebook page.
The crash occurred around 2 p.m., blocking southbound lanes of traffic near New Hope Church, and by 2:20 p.m., police officers began directing one lane of southbound traffic into a northbound lane.