A multi vehicle crash occurred on Highway 204 near milepost 18 in Umatilla County on Tuesday Morning due to snow and icy conditions. One of the involved was a semi-truck and trailer carrying cattle that turned over on its side causing the death of at least ten cattle.
On April 30, 2013 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Western Star semi-truck and trailer driven by 57-year-old Robin Kohls, from Idaho, was eastbound on Highway 204 near milepost 18 when it slid out and became stuck in the eastbound travel lane of the highway.
A second vehicle, a Dodge pickup, driven by 44-year-old Richard Arbogast, from Elgin was eastbound and after seeing Kohls' semi-truck stuck Arbosgas stopped in the westbound lane of the highway.
A third vehicle, a Ken Worth semi-truck and trailer, driven by 42-year-old Karl Furgerson, from LaGrande, was westbound and collided with Arbogast's vehicle in the westbound lanes.
A forth vehicle, a 2010 Dodge van driven by 70-year-old Diane Weatherspoon, from Elgin was westbound and came across the crash and was able to come to a stop. The fifth and final vehicle a Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer carrying cattle, driven by 47-year-old Grant Raymond, from Enterprise was westbound and saw that the road was blocked and crashed into Weatherspoon's vehicle and came to rest on its side.
At least ten of the cattle in the trailer died from injuries sustained in the crash. Weatherspoon was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton for minor injuries.