Trucker killed after struck by vehicle while chaining up

| Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Washington State trucker was struck by a vehicle and killed while chaining up in Oregon, according to an Oregon State Police press release.

Igor S. Nikolaychuk, 50, of Vancouver, Wash., was chaining up his tractor-trailer along Interstate 84 near North Powder, Ore. Nikolaychuk was installing the chains near the left rear axle of the trailer when a 21-year-old woman from Star, Idaho, began to slide sideways in her 2007 Cadillac. The driver’s side front bumper of the Cadillac struck Nikolaychuk and pushed him underneath the trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to OSP, fog and icy road conditions were a factor at the time of the crash. Fog reduced visibility to about a quarter of a mile.

Oregon law requires truckers to carry chains and install them when signs prompt drivers to do so. Drivers are also required to have six chains on hand. Oregon’s law applies to all highways in the state.

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