Update- OSP investigating serious injury crash on I-84 west of Pendleton

Update- OSP investigating serious injury crash on I-84 west of Pendleton

From the OSP-

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an injury crash on I-84 near milepost 206.5 and are asking for your help finding an involved vehicle.

At approximately 6:22 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) was notified of a motor vehicle fire at milepost 206.5. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV with heavy front-end damage that had caught fire and burned. The car’s driver, identified as SHELLEY WHITTAKER, 29, of Portland, was pulled from the vehicle by her passenger then collapsed beside it with serious injuries. Passers-by who stopped to help performed CPR on WHITTAKER until she was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.

The front passenger, identified as TUESDAY HAILEY, 35, of Hillsboro, self-extricated and received non-life threatening injuries.

Seatbelt information is not presently available for either occupant.

*** Troopers believe the Montero may have rear-ended an oil or gasoline tanker type semi-truck . Heavy winds in the area may have prevented the trucks driver from knowing the vehicle had been hit.***

OSP is asking for your help in identifying the semi-truck involved in this incident. Anyone travelling in the Pendleton area near milepost 206.5 (on the steep grade immediately west of Pendleton) who may have witnessed the rear-end crash but been unable to stop is asked contact Trooper John Juzuler 541-276-2121 (SCC) or 503-375-3555 (NCC).

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Pendleton Police Department, Pendleton Fire Department, Echo Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Original Story-

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an injury crash on I-84 west of Pendleton near milepost 206.5 and are asking for your help finding an involved vehicle.

Just after 6 PM yesterday, OSP was notified of a motor vehicle fire at milepost 206.5. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV with heavy front-end damage that had caught fire and burned. The car’s driver, identified as 29-year-old Shelley Whittaker of Portland, had self-extricated from the vehicle then collapsed beside it with serious injuries. Passers-by who stopped to help performed CPR on Whittaker until she was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.

The front passenger, identified as 35-year-old Tuesday Hailey of Hillsboro, also self-extricated and received a non-life threatening injuries. Further information on her medical status is not available at this time.

Seatbelt information is not presently available for either occupant.

Troopers believe the Montero may have rear-ended a semi-truck or other large vehicle prior to the crash. Heavy winds in the area may have prevented the trucks driver from sensing the crash.

OSP is asking for your help in identifying the semi-truck that was involved in this incident. Anyone travelling in the Pendleton area near milepost 206.5 (on the steep grade immediately west of Pendleton) who may have witnessed the rear-end crash but been unable to stop is asked contact Trooper John Juzuler 541-276-2121 or 503-375-3555.