PENDLETON, Ore. -- One of two semi-truck drivers killed in a crash on Interstate 84 Sunday may have been dragged by a snow plow after he was ejected from his truck, police said.

Oregon State Police responded just before 7:30 p.m. to several crashes on an icy stretch of I-84, east of Pendleton.

One of the crashes happened when 38-year-old Vasiliy Lobodyuk of Portland lost control of his semi-truck on the ice and crashed on the side of the road, with his trailer resting on the roadway, according to OSP Lt. Mike Turner.

Three other semi-trucks, including one driven by 51-year-old Gerald Alexander, of Texas, then crashed behind Lobodyuk's truck.

Alexander was thrown from his truck and found dead about 3/4 of a mile away from the scene.

Police are looking into the possibility that an ODOT snow plow coming through the area after the collision may have accidentally pushed the victim down the road to where his body was found, Turner said.

Another driver, 51-year-old Mario Santana of Richland, was found dead inside the truck he was driving.

The fourth driver was taken to a nearby hospital, along with a passenger in his truck.

The investigation is ongoing. Any witnesses with additional information were asked to call Trooper Ryan Sharp at (541) 278-4090 or email

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