Nine of the 11 people injured in a crash Thursday afternoon near Hermiston have been released from the hospital, according to Good Shepherd Medical Center and the church where some of the victims attend.
The van was carrying members of a Lewiston youth group and crashed while traveling toward Portland on Interstate 82. The driver, Largent Reeb, 28, attempted to cross several lanes of traffic in order to merge onto Interstate 84 and lost control of the van, which slid off the north shoulder of the exit ramp and rolled.
Reeb was cited by Oregon State Police for failure to drive within a lane.
According to the Oregon State Police crash report, two passengers were ejected, and five were trapped and had to be cut out of the vehicle. Nine were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, and two were flown to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland.
Other than Reeb, the passengers ranged from ages 14 to 20.
An employee of River City Church in Lewiston said in a Facebook message to the Herald that one of the victims was still in the ICU recovering from surgery, but said that in the interest of their members’ privacy, they could not comment further on the condition of those injured.
Nick Bejarano of Good Shepherd said that several of the youth, as well as Reeb, were brought to the emergency room with varying degrees of injuries. While they were being treated, he said, Good Shepherd staff set up a private space for families of the passengers, as well as passengers who did not have major injuries.
Reeb, who did not return a request for comment, posted on Facebook thanking Good Shepherd employees for their care.
“The staff and everyone here at Good Shepherd not only were so amazing at their jobs, they set up a whole conference room with food and drinks for all the families and other youth not injured and took such good care of our group medically but also beyond that,” Reeb wrote.