Wind topples tractor-trailer on I-84

Written by Baker City Herald March 21, 2013 06:03 am

A wind gust toppled this truck and trailer Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 84 about five miles north of North Powder/Oregon State Police photo
A wind gust toppled this truck and trailer Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 84 about five miles north of North Powder/Oregon State Police photo

A commercial truck driver suffered only a minor injury Wednesday afternoon when a wind gust apparently tipped his truck and empty trailer on their side on Interstate 84 near North Powder.

Michael Corpuz, 38, of Santa Maria, Calif., was driving east on the freeway near Milepost 280, about five miles north of North Powder, when the crash happened about 2:10 p.m.

Corpuz was treated for the injury at the scene, and was not taken to a hospital, according to Oregon State Police. An OSP press release didn't describe the injury.

The truck and trailer blocked the freeway's inside shoulder and a majority of the eastbound traffic lanes.

A cold front that swept through Northeastern Oregon Wednesday afternoon spawned thunderstorms that brought gale-force winds as well as torrential rain and hail.

A peak gust of 52 mph was recorded at the Baker City Airport at 2:35 p.m.

OSP Sr. Trooper Ryan Moorehead was about five miles away when the report of Corpuz's crash came in. OSP troopers from La Grande and Baker City also responded, along with the North Powder Quick Response Unit, Island City Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.