Icy road conditions cause accidents, road closures on Highway 26 on Mount Hood

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: HOODLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT - A semi truck driver was fortunately unharmed after crashing truck on icy patch on Highway 26. After a week of heavy snow and freezing conditions hit Mount Hood, Hoodland Fire Department responded to two motor vehicle crashes Friday afternoon, Feb. 23.

Fortunately, the drivers and passengers of both vehicles were not injured, but Highway 26 was closed in both directions after a semi truck driver lost control on an icy patch and slid across the roadway.

The second crash involved a car, which lost control and collided with a tree.

In an announcement following the crashes, Hoodland Fire urged people to remember that "snow levels will be heavy over the next few days and may create hazardous driving conditions over Mount Hood."

The department also issued the following tips for safe winter travel:

"• Travel smart. Consider waiting until a storm passes.

• Don't wait until after a storm hits to get on the road. Get to your destination before conditions turn nasty and unsafe.

• Leave early. It's smart to allow plenty of time to get where you're going. In severe weather, closures and crashes can cause long delays.

• Know before you go. Plan your route. Visit in advance to look at ODOT cameras and check road conditions.

• Adjust your driving for the conditions. Slow down, turn on your headlights so others can see you, and turn off cruise control."

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