80 Year Old Richland Man Killed in I-84 Collision
Boardman, OR – Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning’s multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of 80-year old Melvin J. Mitchell of Richland.
According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slowdown of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles.
A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by 27 year old Mitchell E. Davis, from Mattawa, Washington. Davis’ grandfather, Melvin Mitchell was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.
After Davis got out of the Mustang and helped his grandfather get out, they were standing next to the car when three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren’t able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and Melvin Mitchell, resulting in fatal injuries. Davis received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators.
The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as 65 year old Ronald Cook of Lincoln, Nebraska.