Icy roads caused multiple accidents in the area Thursday morning.
At about 6:20 a.m., Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and Umatilla Police Department responded to Interstate 82 near the Highway 730 exits after a vehicle struck a pedestrian, according to an UCSO press release.
Dean Din Yao, 28, Kennewick, was driving his 2005 Subaru Outback southwest on I-82 at approximately 40 to 50 miles per hour on icy roads and began to slide when he applied his brakes as he came upon several stranded vehicles and semi-trucks along the road, the release states.
The Outback struck Jonathan Llanez-Ortuno, 30, Benton City, Washington, who had exited his semi-truck. Llanez-Ortuno was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston and was listed in critical condition, the release states. The crash is under investigation.
On eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 145, Oregon State Police troopers responded after a UPS semi-truck pulling a set of double trailers rolled over, according to an OSP press release.
OSP Senior Trooper Mike Holloran, The Dalles, said the driver, Odell Thomas, 55, Vancouver, Washington, was traveling too fast for the conditions on the icy road and lost control as he approached slowing traffic. Holloran said the driver was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston for the treatment of minor injuries.
The release states it could “take several hours if not days to offload the trailers by hand and then remove the truck.”