Crash slows traffic on Highway 47 for hours
The Oregon State Police gave this account:
Shortly after 1 a.m., Earl Martin Junkert, 58, of McMinnville, northbound in a Mack truck, swerved to avoid a deer. His rig careened into a ditch, taking down several utility poles along the way.
The state Department of Transportation provided flaggers while a Portland General Electric crew went about installing and stringing new poles. Junkert, uninjured, was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel.