An Adams man was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, on Friday evening after a two-vehicle collision trapped him in his car.
At about 4:40 p.m. Luis Tamayo was driving north on Highway 11 when a white 2013 Dodge Ram driven by Jeffrey Graham struck the driver’s side of his vehicle. Tamayo, 25, of Adams, was talking coherently when the emergency crew pulled him out of his car, said medic Tom Kobasa.
Graham, 40, also of Adams, was crossing Highway 11 traveling east on Mann Road when his car struck Tamayo’s, state police trooper Chelsea Adams said. Graham, who had his two children in the truck, saw Tamayo’s headlights and thought he had enough time to cross.
Graham and his children were not injured, but his vehicle sustained front-end damage, Adams said. The collision bent Tamayo’s driver door so much that crews had to cut through the windshield and lift back the roof to free him, Kobasa said.
Tamayo’s father, Raul Tamayo, was driving home from grocery shopping in Pendleton when he saw his son’s car totaled and facing east on the left side of Mann Road. He said Luis was driving home from work at the Tribal Native Plant Nursery.
Tribal and county fire departments, Adams and state police, and a county ambulance responded to the scene, which was clear by 6:10 p.m. Weather wasn’t a factor, according to state police.
Contact Chris Rizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-966-0836.
This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.