Man gets stuck between 2 semis during 26-car pileup
BAKER CITY, Ore. — Authorities say around 100 people were involved in an icy interstate pileup in eastern Oregon.
12 people were reported injured.
State police say black ice is believed to be the cause of the crashes early Saturday morning involving more than a dozen tractor-trailers.
The 26-vehicle pileup left a long stretch of Interstate 84 in Oregon closed for most of the day, as crews worked to clean spilled diesel fuel and clear away dozens of vehicles that were either damaged or stranded.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove said late Saturday night that authorities had determined that a total of 12 people were injured. That is up from four reported earlier. The injuries ranged from minor to serious.
The crash occurred shortly before 5 a.m. east of Baker City, about 130 miles northwest of Boise, Idaho.
Authorities updated their report hours after the crash, increasing the number of vehicles directly involved from 20 to 26, and saying that the pileup left 50 to 70 vehicles stranded at the scene.
According to The Oregonian, one man got stuck in his pickup, smashed between two semis, during the ordeal.
“Thank God that I’m still alive,” Whitby told the Oregonian.
The man reportedly got stuck when two semi strucks flattened his Chevy Silverado. He survived, and only needed two Band-Aids.
According to multiple reports, there were no reported fatalities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.