CRATER LAKE, Ore. - Freezing rain and icy road conditions caused three major crashes near Crater Lake National Park on Friday, and state police are hoping drivers chain up their cars properly to avoid further collisions.
Officials said the crashes started at around 11 a.m. Friday when a commercial truck pulling two trailers of lumber west on Highway 138 started having problems driving on the icy roadway.
The truck pulled over to the side of Highway 138 near milepost 15 to chain up, stopping across the road from two eastbound semi trucks that were also putting on tire chains. State police said the lumber-filled trailers were partially in the westbound lanes.
Another truck towing two trailers of pears lost control while trying to drive through the three trucks, sending the rear trailer sliding into one of the parked trucks. The driver of the parked truck had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police officials said.
Pears and other items from the stopped trailer littered the roadway.
About 15 minutes later another commercial semi stopped to chain up on Highway 230 near milepost 15. A westbound Toyota pickup came around a curve, lost control and crashed into the back of the stopped semi-trailer.
The pickup's driver, Michelle Zablan, 22 of Buena Vista, Ca. and her two adult passengers were taken to Providence Medical Center in Medford with non-life threatening injuries. They were all wearing seat belts.
At around 2 p.m. troopers were called out to a third crash near the intersection of Highway 230 and Highway 62. Officials said a car was heading east when it lost control, slid across the roadway and went about 50 feet down an embankment before coming to a stop against some trees.
The driver and passenger in the car unhurt.
State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation urge travelers to "Know Before You Go", by monitoring media reports for weather forecasts and keeping up-to-date on road conditions at ODOT's website. In addition to road and weather conditions, winter driving safety information and tips are also there to help keep you informed and safe on our roads during holiday and winter season travels.