One trucker dies, another injured while chaining up in eastern Oregon

| 12/16/2009

One trucker was killed and another seriously hurt Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, when they were both hit by another truck as they put on snow chains beside Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon.

The accident happened near Ontario, OR, during a heavy snowstorm.

KBCI, a CBS affiliate, reported that both truckers were wearing reflective vests and had pulled to the side of the highway to put on chains because a nearby pull-off area was full.

Milton Scot Belton, 49, of Colville, WA, was pronounced dead at the scene. Miguel Victorio-Alvarez, 45, of Nampa, ID, was hospitalized.

The driver of the truck that hit them reportedly kept on going. Police later found him at a truck stop, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether he knew he had hit the two. He is identified as Francisco Lecaro, 35, of Perris, CA.

Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation are urging all motorists to use caution when passing vehicles stopped on the side of any highway and to watch for anyone putting chains on their vehicle.