Man, 78, faces DUII charge after wrong-way crash on I-84

Man, 78, faces DUII charge after wrong-way crash on I-84
(Oregon State Police photo)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A 78-year-old man faces charges including DUII after a wrong-way head-on crash that injured three people on Interstate 84 Friday night, state police said.

Leonard L. Gilbert of White Salmon, Wash. was driving east in the westbound lanes in Hood River when his Buick sedan hit a Ford Escape and then collided head-on with a Toyota Camry, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings. The crash occurred at around 8:30 p.m.

Two people in the Toyota Camry were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Ford Escape was not hurt, Hastings said.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt.

Gilbert’s injuries were more serious, but police expect him to survive. Medics took Gilbert to a hospital where police cited him for DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangering (3 counts), assault (3rd degree) and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Police closed the westbound lanes of I-84 for over an hour after the crash.