BOARDMAN — The driver of a worker transport van carrying seven passengers is being blamed for an early Sunday morning collision near Boardman because he failed to stop at an intersection.
The Atkinson Staffing van was hit on the side by a car with three occupants as it drove across Tower Road.
Two patients were taken from the scene by helicopter with serious injures, Morrow County Undersheriff Steven L. Myren reported. It was not disclosed where they were taken.
Seven people went by ambulances to Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston, and two others declined treatment.
Myren, in a news release Sunday evening, said he did not have additional information on the conditions of the injured people.
The van, driven by Sergio Obispo Poblano, was westbound on Kunze Lane at 3:31 p.m. when it didnt stop at the intersection, which is about a half-mile south of Interstate 84 near Boardman.
Felicitas Fernandez-Martinez, of Boardman, was southbound on Tower Road when her car struck the van.
Atkinson Staffing is based in Hermiston.
Myren said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, but said the Morrow County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
Obispo Poblano, 40, of Umatilla, was issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device.