Two commercial truck drivers and a passenger were uninjured Tuesday night following separate crashes in the same location on Highway 58 about ten miles west of Highway 97 in north Klamath County. The crashes, which were both ice-related, partially blocked the highway for several hours.
According to Trooper Nick Hagedorn, on January 7, 2014 at approximately 8:34 p.m., a 1998 Volvo truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by MAYLIN FRICKEY, age 64, from Klamath Falls, was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 77 negotiating a downhill curve when the driver lost control on black ice. The truck and trailer traveled crossed the westbound lanes and onto the highway shoulder into several trees, a traffic sign and fog marker before crossing the highway again and jackknifing. The truck and trailer came to rest in the eastbound shoulder ditch amongst trees and was blocking the eastbound lane.
FRICKEY and a 68-year old female passenger in the truck's sleeper berth were not injured.
Shortly after the first incident, a 2002 International truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by FIDEL HERNANDEZ, age 54, from Roseville, California, was westbound and drove upon the first crash scene. HERNANDEZ braked and lost control. The truck and trailer jackknifed and came to rest in the westbound ditch amongst trees, partially blocking the westbound lane. HERNANDEZ was not injured.
OSP and ODOT responded to the scene. ODOT kept at least one traffic lane open while local tow companies responded and removed the commercial vehicles.
With weather and road conditions changing, sometimes unexpectedly, OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to be aware of the potential for ice and slick roads. Keep up-to-date on conditions by monitoring weather reports and going to ODOT's TripCheck.com website.
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