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Three injured as semi-truck crashes into Columbia River off I-84

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Corbett Fire

A semi-truck driver was able to escape out of the truck's cab after crashing into the Columbia River Monday evening.

Multnomah County sheriff's deputies said a crash between a semi and a car was reported around 5:15 p.m. just east of the Corbett View Point on the Oregon side of the Gorge.

Deputies said the force of the crash sent the semi-truck through the guardrail, down an embankment and partially into the Columbia River.

Troopers with the Oregon State Police said the semi driver, from Quebec, Canada, drove out of the right lane while checking her side mirror in preparation for changing to the left lane. She drove onto the shoulder, struck a parked 1995 Chevy Tahoe and then went down the steep embankment, rolling the truck onto its passenger side. The driver of the Tahoe, Patrick Sheehan Jr., had parked along the shoulder because his vehicle had run out of fuel.

A Good Samaritan helped pull the semi driver out. The driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The two people in the Tahoe were also taken to the hospital for minor or non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities closed one lane of westbound I-84 for about three hours. They said drivers should expect intermittent lane closures Tuesday morning as they remove the semi.

Troopers said the semi-truck was carrying food supplies.