PORTLAND – A truck driver was taken to the hospital after he smashed into several trees that fell in the darkness onto Highway 26 early Wednesday morning.
Around 2:15 a.m., 65-year-old Monti Manary of Salem slammed into the trees while heading east on the highway just past the Sunset Rest Area in the Oregon Coast Range, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
Manary was taken to a hospital in Vancouver, Wash. He is expected to survive, Hastings said.
Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation, along with multiple law enforcement agencies and firefighters, spent almost 3 hours clearing the highway. Traffic was limited to one lane while the truck was towed away.
Officials warn drivers to be on the lookout for leaning or fallen trees and limbs especially when driving through forested areas. Oregon’s recent snow storm has scattered debris across many area highways and roads.