ODOT truck rear-ends truck and trailer
Drivers involved in a collision Tuesday afternoon on Madras Highway avoided major injuries and one motorist was cited for a traffic-related offense.
According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, the crash occurred just before 4 p.m. on Madras Highway near milepost 24. An initial report stated that two pickup trucks were involved in the crash and that one truck was an ODOT vehicle. The reporting party added that one lane on the highway was blocked.
An investigation into the crash revealed that 22-year-old Zachary Smith of Prineville was traveling southbound on Madras Highway near milepost 24 when he was slowed and prepared to make a right turn into a hay field adjacent to the highway. He was driving a 2019 Ford F250 while also towing an empty goose neck trailer.
Robert Broughton, 58 of Prineville was driving an ODOT Chevy Silverado truck and towing a small utility trailer southbound on Madras Highway when he collided with the rear of the goose neck trailer at approximately 55 miles per hour. The impact by Broughton pushed Smith's vehicle off the shoulder and Broughton's vehicle traveled across the northbound lane and came to a rest down a small embankment.
The Chevy Silverado sustained extensive front end damage. At the time of the crash, Broughton had four passengers who were part of a work crew. None of the passengers were injured. Broughton sustained minor injuries due to an air bag deployment.
Alcohol/drugs did not appear to be a contributing factor. Broughton was subsequently issued a citation for following too close. Other ODOT employees were on scene and had the Chevy Silverado towed by Dave's Towing. Smith's truck was not towed, but the goose neck trailer he was towing sustained significant damage.
Smith sustained no injuries.
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