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Vancouver man crashes while avoiding wrong-way car on Oregon freeway

A Vancouver man avoided injury Friday after swerving out of the way of a wrong-way driver and crashing on Interstate 84 in Oregon, according to Oregon State Police.

Troopers and emergency personnel responded about 11:40 a.m. to a hit-and-run crash near Exit 85 in The Dalles, Ore.

Witnesses reported a 2000s model Subaru Outback hatchback, lime green with gray highlights and dusty red dirt, driving west in the eastbound lanes. Witnesses described the driver as a heavy-set man with gray, ear-length hair and a full beard, according to an Oregon State Police news release.

Several vehicles swerved to avoid the vehicle. A Ford Focus, driven by Peter Chapman, 24, of Vancouver swerved, struck the center divider and rolled onto its side. Chapman was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured, the news release says.

The Subaru then made a U-turn on the freeway and headed toward Exit 85. The suspect vehicle’s direction of travel was unknown after that, the news release states.

Anyone with information about the Subaru or man driving it should contact Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information for Trooper Michael Holloran.


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