- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police say an 80-year-old Washington state man is dead after a multi-vehicle collision in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman.

The westbound lanes were closed for several hours after the Monday morning crashes, reopening by mid-afternoon.

Lt. Mike Turner says the chain of events started when a Ford Mustang driven by a 27-year-old Mattawa, Washington, man collided with the rear of a travel trailer. An oversized load of heavy equipment was being transported along westbound I-84 and there was a rolling slowdown of other traffic.

Turner says the Mustang driver had helped his grandfather, 80-year-old Melvin Mitchell of Richland, Washington, out of the car and they were standing next to it when three approaching commercial vehicles were unable to stop. One went left, one went right and the third struck the stopped car and the elderly man, fatally injuring him. The Mustang driver received minor injuries.

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