11 musicians hurt when van, trailer fall of I-84

Four people were hurt, including 2 critically, when this van and trailer rolled down an embankment along I-84 near La Grande, May 12, 2014 (OSP)
Four people were hurt, including 2 critically, when this van and trailer rolled down an embankment along I-84 near La Grande, May 12, 2014 (OSP)

LA GRANDE, Ore. (KOIN) — Eleven people were hurt, including two critically, when a van with a trailer went down an embankment along I-84 west of La Grande.

The crash involved members of the Hispanic musical group, La Estrella, from Dallas, Texas. Investigators said driver fatigue may have been one reason for the crash.

The accident was first reported around 7:40 a.m., officials said in a release. The van and trailer went off the eastbound lanes of I-84 near milepost 241. The van ended up about 50 feet down from the freeway.

One person was airlifted and three were rushed by ambulance to nearby hospitals. Another seven people were not taken to a hospital, officials said, but later went for treatment of minor injuries.

Those seven people worked with OSP Trooper Marcus McDowell and lifted the van off one person trapped underneath. That person, initially thought to be dead, was alive.

The van was driven by Gilberto Hernandez, 34, and was head back to Dallas from Washington state. But the van drifted off the pavement, brushed the end of a metal guardrail and went down the embankment.

Two people, Pablo Osorio and Oliverio Benitez Sanchez, were ejected.  Osorio was the person trapped underneath the van and was airlifted to a hospital.

Sanchez and three others were taken by ambulance.

The trailer was filled with personal property and musical instruments and equipment.

The investigation continues.

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