A 67-year-old Irrigon man was seriously injured Friday morning when his pickup truck collided with shipping container that had fallen onto U.S. Highway 30 at milepost 93.5 near John Day Park.
The container fell off a tractor-trailer rig that had flipped over on its left side when its load shifted as it rounded a right-hand curve, Oregon State Police Lt. Duane Stanton said today.
The driver of the pickup, Ray Phillip Pettigrew, sustained multiple rib fractures, a possible collapsed lung, facial injuries and lacerations. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria and then air-lifted to a Portland hospital. His condition was unavailable this morning. The driver of the semi-truck, Danny Lee Wilson, 51, of Oregon City, was not injured.
Officials were able to open one lane of the highway shortly after the 11 a.m. accident, but later both lanes were closed for a time, while a big rig lifted the tractor-trailer back onto its wheels. Personnel from John Day Rescue, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and Astoria Police assisted State Police and remained at the scene for four hours.