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Police: Drunken, wrong-way driver caused injury crash on I-84

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photo courtesy Oregon State Police photo courtesy Oregon State Police
photo courtesy Oregon State Police photo courtesy Oregon State Police
HOOD RIVER, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police say a 78-year-old man from White Salmon, WA, is facing several charges after driving the wrong direction on the freeway.

According to an OSP spokesman, just before 8:30 p.m. Friday, Leonard Gilbert was driving a 2004 Buick sedan eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Hood River and Mosier.

A number of witness were calling 911 dispatch center to report the wrong-way car when, near milepost 67, the Buick crashed into two vehicles.

The first vehicle, a 2014 Ford Escape, dodged the oncoming Buick in the left lane but was clipped while swerving to the right. 

The Buick then crashed head-on into a 1998 Toyota Camry, which was occupied by two people.

The westbound lanes of the highway were shut down for more than an hour for an investigation.

Gilbert was transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. There he was cited for DUII, reckless driving, recklessly endangering, assault and failure to perform the duties of the driver.

Both of the Toyota's occupants, identified as a man and woman from Camas, both 21, were taken by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford Escape was not injured.

Police say everyone involved in the accident was wearing seat belts.

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