A husband and wife from Washington state died Wednesday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 when their pickup truck collided with a semi-truck and trailer north of Baker City.
Eugene Rowley, 65, the driver of a 1993 GMC pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer and his passenger, Ellen Rowley, 63, both died at the scene, Oregon State Police spokesman Timothy R. Fox stated in a press release.
Rowley reportedly was traveling west when he passed a 2013 Freightliner truck driven by Alexandr Ciubuc, 58, of Tumwater, Washington.
The accident happened about 10:10 a.m., on a straight stretch of freeway near milepost 301.
The vehicles collided, went through the median and came to rest adjacent to the eastbound lanes, Fox stated. The pickup truck and U-Haul trailer were crushed under the jackknifed Freightliner truck.
Both eastbound and westbound fast lanes were closed for about five hours.
Ciubuc was transported by Baker City ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with injuries that were not life-threatening.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Baker City Fire Department, Baker Rural Fire Protection District and Oregon Department of Transportation workers.