I-84 reopens after semi-truck crash in Columbia Gorge; driver cited

The crash initially blocked westbound lanes about five miles east of Cascade Locks.

No one was hurt.

Traffic was backed up for miles.

Oregon State Police cited the driver for careless driving. Police said other drivers were complaining about the truck driver’s speed before the crash.

(DOT) Is Asking Truckers for Help to Improve Truck Parking

Is finding safe truck parking a pain? Find out how to give DOT a piece of your mind.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for input from truckers on the current truck parking situation in America.

The new survey will help federal agencies to update the inventory of truck parking for the first time since 2015. The information collected from truck drivers about the challenges they face finding safe parking will be used by authorities to allocate federal funds and shape solutions to meet the needs of the trucking community.

DOT will also be surveying each state to inventory truck parking at rest areas.

The survey is a follow up to a 2015 survey put in motion by Jason’s Law, named for Jason Rivenburg who was murdered in 2009 during a robbery attempt at an abandoned gas station that occurred because of a shortage of safe truck parking.

The 2015 survey found that 90% of drivers reported having trouble finding a parking spot, especially on weekdays. Additionally, 72.5 % of state DOTs reported that there was a problem with commercial vehicle parking in their state. The states with the worst trucking problems, according to the 2015 survey, were listed as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Washington, and Oregon.

Pedestrian killed on NE Marine Drive early Tuesday

The driver of the semi-truck that struck the pedestrian remained on the scene and cooperated with police.

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a semi-truck on Northeast Marine Drive early Tuesday.

The name of the victim was not immediately released. The driver remained on the scene and cooperated with investigators.

According to police, at 4:55 a.m. on Nov. 20, North Precinct officers responded to the 18200 block of Northeast Marine Drive on the report of a crash involving a pedestrian and a semi-truck.

When officers and emergency medical responders arrived, they located an adult lying on the roadway. Emergency medical responders determined the person was deceased.

Based on the preliminary investigation, officers believe the driver of a semi-truck was traveling west on Northeast Marine Drive when he struck a pedestrian that was on the roadway. After striking the pedestrian, the driver of the semi-truck stopped his vehicle and called 9-1-1.

Northeast Marine Drive was closed between Northeast 158th Avenue and Northeast 185th Avenue during the investigation.

Members with the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team are responded to assume this fatal traffic crash investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are also assisting with this investigation.

This is the 34th traffic-related fatality investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team in 2018

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.