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Chip truck slides off snow-slicked Hwy. 20 into South Santiam

 

March 7, 2017

Photo courtesy of Lance Gatchell TOW TRUCKS pull a chip truck out of the South Santiam River Monday on Highway 20 near Mountain House.

The driver of a commercial truck that slid into the South Santiam River, east of Cascadia, escaped serious injury Monday morning, according to Oregon State Police.

OSP troopers responded Monday to a report that a commercial truck had crashed into the river near milepost 47.3, about five miles west of the Mountain House, at 7:56 a.m..

According to State Police records, the truck had veered left around a curve and lost traction. The driver, Samuel Hoy Patten, 48, whose city of residence was not listed, attempted to negotiate the curve but ultimately lost traction.

The vehicle continued fo...



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