Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Oregon State Police have released the name of a truck driver who was killed in a crash Friday morning in Hood River.
On May 9, at approximately 5:12 a.m., a 2004 Freightliner truck pulling an empty container trailer driven by Melvin Roy Schwark, 64, from Lyle, Wash., was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 63.
For an unconfirmed reason, the truck and trailer gradually drifted to the left and struck the guardrail on the south side of the traffic lanes. The truck and trailer continued westbound into the center median before coming to an uncontrolled rest after colliding with a tree. A tree section came to rest partially blocking the left eastbound lane.
Upon arrival of emergency responders, Schwark was pronounced deceased at the scene. Schwark was using safety restraints and investigators are looking into the possibility that he suffered a medical emergency while driving that may have been a factor in the crash occurring. He was driving for J&L Transportation out of Wasco, Ore.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are investigating. Recruit Trooper Jason Schaffner is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department, Hood River Fire Department, and ODOT. One lane was blocked in both directions and the highway was cleared about seven hours after the crash.