Elderly driver goes wrong way on Ore. highway
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say more than a dozen vehicles were forced to dive onto the shoulder of U.S. Highway 97 to avoid a motorhome being driven the wrong direction by an 83-year-old Yuma, Ariz., man with an apparent medical condition.
No crashes were reported Wednesday in the 20-minute drama.
Sgt. Dan Swift says the first reports of the northbound motor home in the southbound lane came about 13 miles north of Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. An off-duty sheriff's deputy reported seeing at least 15 cars and trucks veer onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision.
Swift says a state trooper followed the driver with emergency lights and siren on for about six miles before the driver noticed the trooper and stopped.
Swift says medics took the driver to a Klamath Falls hospital for treatment of a possible stroke. He reportedly was en route to visit family in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The driver's name was not released.