ODOT worker hit by car at crash scene on Hwy 35 in Hood River Co - KPTV - FOX 12

ODOT worker hit by car at crash scene on Hwy 35 in Hood River County

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An Oregon Department of Transportation worker who stopped to help at a crash scene on Highway 35 was hit by a passing car after the driver lost control in the icy conditions, according to police.

Stephen Capps, 65, of Hood River stopped to check on two people after their SUV lost control and rolled over on the shoulder of the highway near Milepost 73 south of Parkdale at around 3 p.m. Sunday.

A 2005 Toyota Scion heading south on the highway then lost control and hit Capps as he stood on the shoulder of the road.

The 29-year-old driver from Portland who was involved in the initial crash jumped out of the way of the Toyota and was not injured. His passenger, a 30-year-old man from Beaverton, was also not injured.

Capps was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police said his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The 25-year-old driver of the Toyota and her 26-year-old passenger, both from Vancouver, were not injured.

Police said icy conditions are being investigated as a contributing factor in the crashes. Police did not report any citations in connection with the crashes.

Highway 35 remained open during the investigation.

"OSP reminds drivers that winter conditions are now upon us and to travel with extreme care. SLOW DOWN and check the emergency equipment in your vehicles including the safety equipment needed such as chains and snow tires to travel into Oregon's snow zones," according to a statement from Oregon State Police.

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