OSP troopers identify workers hit by box truck on I-5 Tuesday mo - KPTV - FOX 12

OSP troopers identify workers hit by box truck on I-5 Tuesday morning

Posted: Updated: Jun 06, 2017 05:50 PM
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Colin Cook, jail booking photo Colin Cook, jail booking photo
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The Oregon State Police have identified the two workers hit in a road construction area on Interstate 5 early Tuesday morning, as well as the driver of the vehicle troopers say caused the crash.

Troopers are reporting that 20-year-old Antonio Manuel Bahena of Troutdale and 57-year-old Ronald Ernest Davis of Powell Butte are continuing to receive treatment in area hospitals.

Investigators said the two men, who are employees of the Knife River construction company, were in a company vehicle picking up barrels and clearing the roadway around 3:15 a.m. when 27-year-old Colin Michael Cook of Fairview drove a northbound white box truck into the work area, rear-ending the pickup Bahena and Davis were in and injuring them.

Davis was taken to Legacy Emanuel where he is currently in critical condition.

FOX 12 spoke with Bahena Tuesday night after he was released from the hospital.

"I have a big gash on the back of my head and my body is all banged up," said Bahena.

The box truck continued north, failing to stop after the crash. Troopers found the truck a short time later and arrested Cook for failure to perform duties as a driver, second-degree assault, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He was taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility.

FOX 12 reached out to Knife River construction who are asking drivers to be extra cautious.

"We ask two things: Please keep our injured team members and their families in your thoughts, and please pay extra attention and slow down in work zones so something like this never happens again."

Bahena says after that experience, he's afraid to go back out there on the road.

"We have the plans to do everything correctly to keep us as safe as possible but I mean things just happen," said Bahena.

The incident caused a major backup of traffic on the interstate, and while emergency workers were responding to the scene, a black Jeep SUV was reported to be driving northbound on the shoulder passing traffic stopped by the crash.

The vehicle was stopped at the crash scene by troopers and the driver was taken into custody on several charges including reckless driving.

The Oregon State Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call 503-375-3555.

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