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Police: Wrong-way driver collided with semi-truck on I-84, died at scene

A wrong way driver on I-84 crashed into a semi-truck and died on Sept. 18, 2107, Oregon State Police said. Photo courtesy OSP

GILLIAM COUNTY, Ore. – A driver going the wrong way on Interstate 84 Monday night crashed into a semi-truck and died, Oregon State Police said.

Police first heard a report of a driver going the wrong direction on I-84 eastbound near milepost 141, east of Arlington, around 7:40 p.m.

Shortly after, another report said the vehicle crashed head-on into a westbound semi-truck near milepost 137.

Investigators said the driver was traveling in a 2003 Ford Windstar and was going the wrong way in the eastbound lanes.

According to witnesses, the driver was going 55 to 60 miles per hour when it crashed head-on into a semi-truck carrying vehicles. The van came to a stop on top of the concrete center-line divider.

The semi-truck caught fire and became fully-engulfed in flames. The crash completely blocked I-84 for several hours.

Police said the driver was the only person in the van and died at the scene.

The driver of the semi-truck, 24-year-old California resident, Santos Colunga, was injured, but treated at the scene.

Oregon State Police said the deceased driver’s name is being withheld until his or her family is notified.

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