Two Vehicle Crash near Siletz results in citation to driver - 12/17/14
On December 16th, 2014 at about 6:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision that occurred on SR-229 around milepost 25.
The investigation showed a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Joanne Greene, 62, of Logsden, was northbound on SR 229 when it stopped due to a road struck deer in the roadway. A 2004 Subaru Impreza, being operated by Miranda Garrett, 19, of Siletz, was also northbound on SR 229 and drove into the back of the Chevrolet. After the impact, the Subaru came to rest partially blocking the northbound lane before catching fire. Garrett and her passengers escaped from the Subaru with only minor injuries. The Chevrolet continued north to Camp 12 Loop where Greene stopped and awaited EMS personnel. The occupants in all the vehicles were wearing seat-belts and the airbags deployed in the Subaru. SR-229 was completely blocked for approximately 1 hour as police and rescue personnel worked to clear the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Siletz Fire and PACWEST Ambulance. At the conclusion of the investigation, Garrett was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
Death Investigation continuing at Snake River Correctional Institution - 12/17/14
The Malheur County Major Crimes Team is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County.
On Thursday, December 11th, 2014, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was found deceased at the facility. His body was transported to the State Police Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The Malheur County Major Crimes Team, consisting of the Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Department, Ontario Police Department, and the OSP Forensic Laboratory, was activated to investigate the death.
The investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed at this time. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of any criminal charges at that time.
Chase in stolen car leads to three apprehended after shooting at a pursuing officer. (Photo)
On December 15, 2014, at about 9:20 AM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office located a black 2005 Honda Civic traveling on US Hwy 26 near NW Gumwood, northwest of Madras. The car had been reported as stolen earlier that morning to the Warm Springs Police Department. When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle it accelerated, fleeing from the officer. Officers from Warm Springs Police, Madras Police Department, and the Oregon State Police responded to the area to assist in apprehending the fleeing vehicle.
During the pursuit an OSP Trooper became the lead vehicle in a rural area just outside the rural community of Gateway within Jefferson County. The pursuit continued on several county roadways at speeds exceeding 70 mph, during which time a passenger fired a rifle at the pursuing OSP Trooper. The pursuit eventually entered the community of Gateway where the fleeing car lost control on icy roads and crashed into a fence in front of a private residence. The three occupants of the stolen car fled on foot into nearby farm fields.
Jefferson County Deputies with the assistance of Warm Springs Police located the three occupants and placed them into custody a short time later without incident at a nearby property. The OSP Trooper and other involved Officers were uninjured during the incident. A Winchester .270 caliber rifle was located within the stolen car.
The subjects were identified as the driver Colleen Kalama, age 23, a passenger Stuart Smith, age 39, both of Warm Springs, and Stefan Sutterlee, age 24, of Madras.
All three were lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on several outstanding charges.
OSP worked in cooperation with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries should be directed to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.
Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 97 near Milepost 163 - La Pine (Update) (Photo)
This update is to provide driver identification and information on a third vehicle involved.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle, head-on crash that occurred at around 5:23 a.m., this morning on highway 97 (milepost 163) near La Pine.
Preliminary information indicates that a silver, 2004 Nissan Sentra, being driven by LARRY RUSSELL GARDNER, 67, of Lake Oswego, was traveling southbound on HWY 97 when it lost control and slid into the northbound lane of travel, colliding with a silver, 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Gardner was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, CASSY M. GRANT, 26, of Bend, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with reportedly minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Following the preliminary investigation, it was learned that a third vehicle was involved in this collision after the driver contacted the Oregon State Police. Follow-up investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by ALEXANDER SLAVEN,28, of La Pine, made contact with the Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately after the initial collision between the Jeep and the Nissan. SLAVEN initially thought his vehicle had not made contact and continued on to his work where he noticed some very slight damage and called OSP. Both SLAVEN and GRANT are cooperating with the investigation and no citations have been issued.
The highway surface was covered with packed snow and ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick. OSP is reminding all drivers that winter driving conditions can be very treacherous and drivers should use extreme caution when traveling on the highways.
The Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this collision and OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District.
Photo's of the crash will be released when next of kin notification has been made.
Oregon State Police (OSP) Acting Public Information Officer for Monday December 15- Thursday 18
Senior Trooper Dan Swift will be the Acting Public Information Officer from now until Thursday the 18th. You can contact him at OSPPIO@state.or.us
Single Vehicle Double Fatal Crash Highway 101 North of Bandon - 12/14/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 101 north of Bandon.
On December 14, 2014 at 7:48am (OSP) troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command responded to a single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 101 near milepost 255. Preliminary information indicates that a 1991 Honda Accord, driven by CHRISTOPHER CONEY, age 20, from Coos Bay, was southbound on Highway 101 and for unknown reasons travelled off the roadway and ultimately struck several trees.
CONEY and a passenger identified as RACHEL RAGLE, age 23, from Coos Bay, both died at the scene of the crash.
OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and believe that speed and alcohol use are contributing factors in the crash. Seatbelt use is still being determined by investigators.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos County Medical Examiner's Office and Bandon Fire Department.
No photographs available for release.
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Highway 126E East of Springfield (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126E East of Springfield.
On December 13th, 2014 at 7:53pm (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a single vehicle crash on 126E near milepost 17. Preliminary information indicates that a 1993 Chevy Cavalier, driven by RICHARD CORGAIN, age 67, from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 126E and for unknown reasons travelled off the roadway and ultimately struck a tree.
CORGAIN was extracted from the vehicle by local emergency responders and was transported by ground ambulance to Riverbend Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.
CORGAIN was wearing safety restraints. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and believe that speed may have been a contributing factor in the cause of the crash.
ODOT, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, the Lane County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Office assisted.
Photograph provided by OSP
Serious Injury Crash Highway 20 in Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's serious injury crash on Highway 20 in the Jefferson County area.
On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 9:06am OSP troopers were dispatched to a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 86 in Jefferson County.
Preliminary investigation indicates a Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the driver, DONALD TALBOT, age 75, from Prineville, lost control on the icy roadway and crossed into the eastbound lane. The pickup was struck head on by an eastbound Ford Focus driven by, KEATS CONLEY (Female), age 22, from Boise ID.
DONALD TALBOT and his right front passenger identified as JEANIE TALBOT, age 69, from Prineville were flown by Lifeflight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.
KEATS CONLEY was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries.
All occupants were wearing seatbelts.
The crash blocked Highway 20 for 1.5 hours as first responders freed the occupants from their vehicles.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Camp Sherman Fire Dept, Black Butte Ranch Fire and Police, and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. Other motorists as well as an off duty ER nurse from St. Charles Redmond assisted with patient care on scene before medics arrived.
Photograph provided by OSP
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY20 near Sisters Associated with Hit & Run Crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Hwy. 20 near Cloverdale Road just east of Sisters in Deschutes County.
On Thursday, Dec. 11, at approximately 8:42 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle down an embankment on Hwy. 20 at milepost 5, near Cloverdale Road. According to troopers at the scene, a Yamhill County Sheriff's captain was returning to Yamhill County from Bend and noticed the vehicle, described as a black 2000 Nissan Maxima, 100 feet or more down a steep embankment and on its side. The captain walked down to the vehicle and discovered its driver, identified as CHRIS P. DAHL, 52, of Camp Sherman, deceased beneath the vehicle. DAHL was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected.
Additional investigation into this crash indicates DAHL's vehicle may have been involved in two hit-and-run incidents the day prior. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), on Dec. 10, at approximately 6:45 p.m., DCSO deputies responded to a complaint of a rear-end hit-and-run crash on Hwy. 20 in Sisters. A red, 2003 Chrysler van driven by DANIEL SHOWEN, 26, of Bend, was hit from behind by the Nissan Maxima. SHOWEN stopped to exchange information when the Maxima pulled away at high speed. SHOWEN was able to obtain the Maxima's license plate number and called 911 to report the incident. Deputies responded to the area to search for the vehicle but were unable to locate it and are following up on an additional report of a second vehicle hit by the Maxima just east of Sisters. No further details are available at this time.
Speed is being investigated as a possible factor in this incident. However, the reasons why the vehicle left the roadway are still unclear. Troopers believe the Maxima was obscured by steep terrain and trees that made it difficult to see from the roadway at night. Additionally, foggy conditions and a lack of lighting on the vehicle added to its concealment and the delay in its discovery.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is assisting OSP in conducting follow-up interviews with the other drivers involved in this incident. Additionally, anyone who witnessed either crash in Sisters or who may have seen the vehicle thereafter is asked to contact Senior Trooper Terry Miller at the Bend Patrol Office, (541) 388-6213
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Cloverdale Fire District, Black Butte Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's offiice.
Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 at MP 4 (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoons fatal motor vehicle crash on highway 42 near milepost 4; 10 miles east of Coos Bay.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a black, 1996 BMW coupe, was westbound on highway 42 when for unknown reasons it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2004 Chevrolet Venture van. The driver of the BMW, identified as ROBERT WOLDT, 81, from Winston, died as a result of the crash; he was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Chevrolet Venture, identified as ROSE MIDDENDORFF, 45, from Coos Bay, was seriously injured and transported by ground ambulance to Bay Area Hospital and subsequently flown to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland for further treatment; she was wearing her seatbelt. Her passenger, Karen Patterson, 61, from Coos Bay, was transported to Bay Area hospital with serious injuries, seatbelt use information is not available at this time for Patterson.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Millington Fire, Green Acres Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County Sheriff's Office, North Bend Police Department, Coos Bay Police Department, Coos County District Attorney's Office and the Coos County Medical Examiners Office.
Suspicious Package at the N. Mall Building - 12/10/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Bomb technicians were called to the scene of a suspicious package this afternoon at the North Mall Building, 725 Summer St. NE, in Salem. Portions of the North Mall Building were evacuated as a precaution while technicians examined the package. Workers were allowed back into the building at approximately 2:15 P.M.
At approximately 1:00 p.m., OSP troopers were called to investigate a report of a suspicious package at the North Mall Building. Upon arrival, troopers requested additional aid from the OSP Explosives Unit who arrived to examine the package. Explosive technicians used an X-ray to examine the package, described as a satchel, then used a general disruption technique to render the item safe.
Examination following the disruption determined the satchel did not contain explosives and investigators do not believe it was intended as a hoax device.
Anyone with information on this incident may contact Senior Trooper Jim Ragon at 503-986-1122.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Salem Fire Department.
Significant Weather Event in Curry, Coos and Western Douglas Counties
Oregon State Police (OSP) are asking folks in the Curry, Coos and western Douglas Counties to use caution as high winds and heavy rains cover the area.
According to OSP Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, "All three counties are experiencing heavy rain and high winds." Drivers are advised to use caution and be prepared in case standing water and other hazards develop. Lt. Mitchell asks anyone who can avoid the area to do so but if you must travel to be prepared.
Road and Weather information can be checked up to the minute at www.tripcheck.com
Pursuit in Lane County Results in Arrest, Charges (Photo) * Correction to Milepost *
On December 9, 2014, at about11:53 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Springfield Area Command located a tan, 2003 Nissan Altima, southbound on Interstate Five near milepost 186 in Lane County. The car had been reported as stolen to the Salem Police Department (SPD) in Marion County. When the trooper activated his overhead emergency lights near milepost 185, the vehicle accelerated to speeds near 100 MPH. The Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) assisted in pursuit.
Near milepost 168, Cottage Grove PD (CGPD) attempted to deploy spike strips to stop the vehicle however the operator avoided them and continued driving recklessly, including passing on the shoulder.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) was able to successfully deploy spike strips near milepost 168 and the vehicle finally stopped at milepost 158. Traffic was blocked on I-5 for approximately 45 minutes while officers from several agencies attempted to get the female driver to exit the vehicle. She was non-responsive and not obeying repeated orders to exit the vehicle while a Lane County Sheriff's Deputy was attempting to negotiate with her. An Arrest Team of OSP Troopers using a ballistic shield approached the vehicle then broke the passenger side window using a baton. After a brief struggle, the driver was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. No passengers were in the vehicle.
The driver, identified as SABRINA A. RILEY, 32, of Salem, was arrested on a warrant out of Marion County and also charged with: Attempting to Elude Police - Felony, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. In addition to those charges she was cited and released for Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Cottage Grove Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sutherlin Police Department.
*** Update Fatal Crash HWY 26 at MP 67.5 in Wasco County (Photo) Additional Names ***
On December 5, 2014, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were called to the scene of a four (4) vehicle crash on highway 26 near milepost 67.5, in Wasco County.
Preliminary investigation indicates a blue, 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by KIMBERLY A. MEEKER, 41, of Madras, with two juvenile passengers, were eastbound on highway 26 when she lost control on ice in the area and crossed into the westbound lane. The Caravan was hit on the drivers side by a westbound Volvo S40. The Caravan was hit again by a westbound silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia. A fourth vehicle, a black 2005 Saturn Ion, was eastbound and attempted to avoid the crash but struck the rear bumper of the Volvo S40 and then the guardrail.
The driver of the Caravan died at the scene and a juvenile rear passenger in her vehicle was taken by Life Flight to a Portland Area Hospital with serious injuries. The juvenile front seat passenger was transported by ground ambulance to a Portland hospital with injuries.
The driver of the Volvo, identified as VICTORIA L. GETTINGER,30, of Bend, were transported by private vehicle to a Madras hospital for a complaint of pain. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, and an additional adult and infant passenger. None of the occupants reported significant injury at the time of the crash.
The driver and only occupant of the 2002 Toyota Sequoia, identified as CYNTHIA L. YOUNG-BOLEK, 44, of Newberg, was taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the 2005 Saturn Ion, identified as RYAN D. LARSON,26, of Beaverton, and his passenger were not injured in the crash.
While the investigation is ongoing, ice is being investigated as the likely cause of the crash. No additional details or the names of other passengers are available at this time.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), Life Flight, and the Hoodland Fire District.
Oregon public safety members get in the holiday spirit (Photo)
Today in downtown Salem, a number of members of the Oregon State Police and the Office of State Fire Marshal joined forces and got in the holiday spirit as bell ringers for the Salvation Army holiday fundraising drive. Special ringers even included OSP Superintendent Rich Evans and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.
"Every member of the OSP is also a member of their local community," said OSP Superintendent Rich Evans. "We love the opportunity to interact with the community in any way we can show that inside the uniform is a real person who cares about our communities as much as our neighbors."
Kids and adults alike seemed to enjoy the opportunity to interact with the special bell ringers stationed along the Kohl's skybridge at the Salem Center Mall.
"We might wear different uniforms but our mission is essentially the same," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We are here to protect Oregonians and we are here to improve their quality of life, whether that's done through our daily jobs or supporting charitable causes."
Troopers Seize 17 Kilograms of Cocaine in Jackson County (Photo)
On December 5, 2014, at approximately 8:27 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Central Point Office stopped a 2002 Buick Regal for seatbelt violations on the driver and passengers on Interstate 5 near milepost 17. As the contact unfolded, troopers began to suspect the three were involved in criminal activity and requested K-9 Rainey of the Jackson County Parole and Probation Department assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE), respond to assist.
After a K-9 alert, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located 17 Kilograms of cocaine and $5,980.00 in currency located within the vehicle. The cocaine was found in a false compartment in the vehicle.
Troopers arrested the driver, CHRISTOPHER M. WINTERS, 26, or Mill Creek WA; passenger, TAYLOR L. THRUELSEN, 36, of Issaquah WA; and second passenger, CHRISTOPHER K. CARRIGAN, 37, also of Issaquah WA, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Manufacturing of Cocaine. All three were lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
*** Ammended *** 791 Oxycodone Tabs Seized During Traffic Stop Off Passengers Lap (Photo)
On December 3, 2014, at approximately 8:00 A.M., OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Goshen, of a 2013 Dodge Charger, driving 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. When the driver, identified as KATRINA A. SHARPE, 21, of Olympia WA, and her passenger, DOMINIQUE A. WOODS, 22, of Olympia WA , were contacted,the trooper noticed Oxycodone tablets wrapped in cellophane on the passengers lap.
K-9 "Hemi" was called to assist with the investigation and subsequently located 10 grams of marijuana and additional Oxycodone totaling 791 tablets, concealed in the vehicle.
WOODS was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and being a Fugitive from Justice in Washington then lodged in the Lane County Jail.
Photograph is attached.
Previous releases reported Woods as the driver but he was the passenger holding the celophane tablets.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Arrests Poachers Who Killed 3 Trophy Mule Deer near Silver Lake (Photo)
On Saturday, November 29, 2014, Senior Trooper Bean was patrolling winter range country near Silver Lake, Oregon, when he heard a high powered gun shot in the distance. Senior Trooper Bean moved toward the shot and located a subject parked along a forest road. The subject, later identified as CHARLES BECK, 70, of Ketchikan Alaska told Senior Trooper Bean he had stopped to take a bathroom break.
However, Sr. Trooper Bean noticed evidence to the contrary and asked the subject about it. After a short conversation, the subject admitted to having poached a large buck the previous day. Upon further investigation, Sr. Trooper Bean then located evidence indicating BECK was not alone. A short time later, Sr. Trooper Bean was able to convince two nearby subjects (a grandfather and his 15 year old grandson) to come out of the woods. These subjects admitted to having shot at a large buck but also stated that they had missed it. Follow-up investigation that evening in Bonanza revealed two large bucks had been killed during the previous two days. One buck had been killed near Silver Lake and the other one had been killed near Willow Valley Reservoir. The next day troopers went back to the original location near Thompson Valley Reservoir and found that another large buck deer had been shot and partially cut up. The meat, rifle, and 3 trophy deer heads were seized as evidence.
Vern Sieminski, 53 years of age of Bonanza, Oregon was arrested for:
2 Counts of Taking Buck Deer Closed Season
1 Count of Aiding in a Game Violation-Deer Closed Season
Charles Beck, 70 years of age of Ketchikan, Alaska was arrested for:
1 Count of Taking Buck Deer Closed Season
2 Counts of Aiding in a Game Violation-Deer Closed Season
The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be forwarded to the Lake County and Klamath County District Attorney's office.
The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division wants to remind folks about the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx
*** Names Released/Location Updated *** Single Vehicle Triple Fatality Crash - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle roll-over crash off of Siuslaw River Road at milepost 11 in Lane County. The crash occurred on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road (19-8-11) near MP 11 on Siuslaw River Road, on private timber land owned by Roseburg Forest Products.
Additional investigation indicates a white, 2005 Ford F-350 pickup-truck, was driving southbound on BLM road 19-8-11 approximately 1 mile from Siuslaw River Road, in heavy fog when the vehicle left the roadway, striking an embankment then rolling approximately 300' down a steep ravine. The driver, identified as ALEJANDRO B. CAMBRAY, 36, of Eugene, and two passengers, identified as RUBEN M. BENITO, 26, of Springfield and BRADLEY D. YONKER, 41, of Springfield, who was ejected from the vehicle, died at the scene. Early information suggests YONKER and BENITO were not wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash; the other occupants are believed to have been wearing them.
The two surviving passengers, identified as ARMANDO SALGADO-GOMEZ, 25, of Springfield, and JOSE GUTIERREZ-GOMEZ, 23, of Springfield, walked back up to the roadway and summoned help. Investigators said the occupants worked together for KELLEY BROTHERS INC., a Veneta based logging company, and were heading to work at the time of the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team, Lane Fire Authority, Western Lane Ambulance, T&M Towing, Lane County Mortuary Services and the Lane County Sheriff's Office.
*** Update ***Single Vehicle Fatal Crash HWY 42 near Milepost 45 - Coos County (Photo)
On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, at approximately 10:26 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 near milepost 45 in Coos County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a white, 1999 Ford F-350 pickup, driven by TERRY A. NORRIS,75, of Coos Bay, was eastbound on Highway 42 near milepost 45, negotiating a curve when for unknown reasons it left the roadway and struck a guardrail. The pickup ultimately went over the guardrail and down an embankment coming to rest adjacent to the Coquille River. The driver of the pickup died at the scene. The cause of the crash and safety belt use are undetermined at this time. The vehicle did not reach the river.
Troopers are being assisted by the Bridge Fire Department, Camas Valley Fire Department, Myrtle Point Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Mast Brothers Towing.
The roadway was partially blocked while crews conduct the investigation.
OSP Statement Regarding Detective Dave Steele - 12/03/14
The following is a statement from the Oregon State Police (OSP) concerning OSP Detective Dave Steele:
The Department of State Police (OSP) has learned from the Marion County District Attorney's office that Detective Dave Steele, Salem Major Crimes Section, will appear in court this Friday, December 5, 2014, in relation to charges arising from his conduct during the investigation of the Pedersen/Grigsby case.
While OSP has not responded publicly on the issue, the Department has taken this matter seriously since becoming aware of it by placing Detective Steele on administrative leave in December 2013, and requesting an outside agency begin a criminal investigation. Immediately after learning of potential allegations of misconduct, the Department implemented protocols for reviewing and investigating the matter internally, but did not comment publicly to preserve the rights of those involved and ensure a fair and equitable process.
At the onset, the Department began by conducting a comprehensive review of all cases and identifying any that may be affected by this. We reached out to local district attorneys and law enforcement partners to notify them of the matter and begin the process of seeking the appropriate resolution.
Additionally, the Department consulted with our partners at the Department of Justice for advice and assistance in identifying industry standards, customs or policies that must be addressed, strengthened or developed as a result of this review process. The Department is currently conducting training specific to this matter and is committed to learning from this situation and preventing it in the future.
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*** Photos *** Commercial Truck and Double Trailer Crash HWY 58 near milepost 78 - Willamette Pass (Photo)
On December 2, 2014, at approximately 5:25 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Oregon Department of Transportation officials responded to a commercial vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 78 on Willamette Pass. Preliminary investigation indicates icy roads may have been a factor as a semi-tractor pulling double trailers lost control and one trailer separated then tipped over, blocking the roadway. The semi was reportedly hauling cargo that may have included a hazardous material. Troopers have confirmed no Hazardous Material substance was released as a result of this crash.
Officials on-scene are unable to provide any details on when the roadway will re-open at this time. For up to date information on roadway closures go to www.tripcheck.com
and know before you go.
Fatal Commercial Vehicle Crash I-84 near Milepost 342 - westbound (Photo)
On Monday, December 1, 2014, at approximately 4:50 P.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 342.
Early investigation at the crash scene indicates a semi-truck and box type 53' trailer were westbound on I-84 near milepost 342 negotiating a curve when the driver, identified as DAVID W. HERRING, 62, of Yakima WA, control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. The semi-truck slid off the road into the median then went over an embankment and into a guardrail. The driver of the truck died as a result of the injuries sustained during the crash.
Following the crash, the semi-trailer was struck by two other vehicles, a passenger vehicle and a small box type truck, which were unable to avoid the trailer that was blocking the freeway. The occupants of both of those vehicles were transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City to be examined. No significant injuries were reported.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and by the Washington State Patrol. Photographs of the incident are not available at this time but may be provided when next of kin notification has been made.
The crash blocked the freeway for several hours while crews cleared the vehicles and cargo from the roadway.
*** Update Names Released *** Double Fatal Crash HWY 20 MP 2 - East of Albany in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday evenings double fatal motor vehicle crash on HWY 20 near milepost 2, just east of Albany.
On November 28, 2014, at approximately 6:29 P.M., OSP troopers were dispatched to a three-vehicle crash on HWY 20 near milepost 2, east of Albany in Linn County.
Preliminary investigation indicates a silver, 2013 Nissan Versa, driven by ELIZABETH M. MAYE, 45, of St, Helens OR, was eastbound on HWY 20 near milepost 2, and either stopped or began stopping to make a left-hand turn across westbound traffic. The Nissan was rear-ended by a white, 1998 Dodge pickup, driven by ISAIAH Z. KANEASTER, 18, of Scio, which was also eastbound. The Nissan then was struck head-on by a black, 2003 Honda Odyssey, which was westbound. The driver of the Nissan and her passenger, identified as AMANDA J. MAYE-STRAWN, 42, of St, Helens, were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver and passenger in the Dodge truck were not injured and the driver is cooperating with investigators. Three passengers of the Honda Odyssey were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and the driver was not injured. Troopers believe all occupants of all vehicles were wearing safety belts.
The roadway was blocked for about 3 hours during the incident. The investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued at this time and no further details will be released until the investigation is concluded. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Civil War Game Day Safety Planning Message
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are expecting heavy traffic as football fans travel to Reser Stadium for this Saturday's 'Civil War' game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers at 5:00 P.M., in Corvallis. Troopers and transportation safety officials are prepared for the big game and are urging the drivers and fans to be also.
According to ODOT estimates, more than 15,000 additional vehicles may be expected on Interstate 5 and other roads leading to Corvallis this game day and fans and drivers should have a plan. Here are some travel tips to keep your 'Civil War' day memorable and safe:
1. Know Before You Go! 24-hour access to ODOT's up to the minute traffic alert system @ www.tripcheck.com
or by calling 5-1-1. Need more help - call 800-977-ODOT (6368).
2. Plan patience into your drive - expect congestion and build in extra travel time.
3. State law prohibits the 'Use' of cell phones while driving. Avoid the hassle and put away the distractions.
4. Buckle up and if you plan to drink - plan a driver who's sober, rested and alert.
Everyone travelling on area roads is asked to report any traffic related incidents and drunk or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1, or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).
Have a great Civil War game day!
***UPDATE Name Released *** Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Crash - 82nd and Causey in PDX (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 213 (82nd Avenue) and Causey Avenue involving a TriMet bus.
On November 26, 2014, at approximately 5:52 P.M., OSP troopers were dispatched to investigate a reported vehicle versus pedestrian fatal crash on 82nd Avenue at Causey Avenue. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2012, Gillig city bus, owned by Tri-County Metro Transit District (TriMet), and driven by JASON A. WILHELM, 46, had just finished servicing a stop at 82nd and Causey Avenue. As the bus prepared to proceed southbound, identified as ELIAS P. FRENCH, 60, approached the bus while pushing a bicycle and began striking the side of it.
When the bus pulled away ELIAS fell to the ground and was run over by the rear wheels. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. The bus crossed through the intersection and stopped in a safe location just south of Causey Avenue.
The roadway was blocked with a single lane detour for just over 2 hours before being reopened. The Clackamas Reconstruction And Forensics Team (CRAFT), Clackamas Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Metro Transit Police and TriMet assisted OSP at the scene.
Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to contact Trooper Bailey at 503-731-3020. No additional releases are expected until the investigation is complete.
OSP F&W Troopers in Bend - Arrest Suspect in Trophy Mule Deer Kill (Photo)
On November 24, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Central Oregon received information about a trophy class, 205" mule deer, killed the day prior under suspicious circumstances in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit. Members of the team began an investigation and as the investigation unfolded the hunter who shot the animal was contacted and ultimately provided a full confession to the illegal harvest of the buck deer. The suspect was identified as DANNY DAVIDSON, 54. Mr. Davidson was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for the illegal take of the buck deer and hunting on the enclosed lands of another.
Roseburg Fish & Wildlife Troopers Asking for Public Assistance - 11/25/14
Sheriff'sicegon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Roseburg are asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful shooting of a 3X4 Blacktail deer on Elkhead Road near milepost 11 (one mile north of the intersection of Scott's Valley Road), in northern Douglas County.
On November 23, 2014, at approximately 11:00 PM, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of shots being fired near the location. A vehicle was observed in the area and Troopers would like to speak the occupant(s) regarding the incident. The vehicle is described as a late 80's or early 90's Toyota standard cab pickup truck, dark blue or black in color with a loud muffler.
On November 24, 2014, Trooper Aaron Baimbridge received a call from a landowner in the area who located a wounded 3X4 buck deer lying in a creek near Elkhead Road. The deer had been shot and was dispatched at the scene.
A reward is being offered through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program, administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Baimbridge at (541) 817-4473 or the Turn in Poachers hot lineotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-5 at MP 266.5 - Correct MCDA Contact Info (Photo)
On November25, 2014, at approximately 2:50 a.m., the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call reporting a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 266.5. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department responded to the scene to assist until OSP troopers arrived to conduct the investigation.
While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates a white, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by AUDREY BLIVEN, 49, of Salem, was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of travel. Near milepost 266.5 on I-5, the Jetta crashed head-on into a black BMW 320 which was southbound in the left lane of travel. The female right front passenger in the BMW, identified as DEANA DELEON, 49, of Nyssa OR, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male driver, identified as JUAN LEDESMA, 37, of Renton WA, and juvenile female passenger whose name will be withheld, were injured and transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile female was transferred from Salem Memorial Hospital to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
BLIVEN was transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. Upon her release from the hospital, BLIVEN was arrested by OSP for the crimes of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - alcohol, Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Reckless Driving.
*** As a criminal investigation, any further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney's Office; contact Amy Queen at (503) 804-6591 at the Marion County District Attorney's Office. (Correct Number) ***
*** News Conference regarding I-5 Fatal Crash at 10:00AM *** - 11/25/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and Marion County District Attorney's office are holding an informational conference for media concerning this mornings fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 266. Interested media should plan to arrive at the Salem Patrol Office, located at 3710 Portland Rd. NE, Salem OR 97301, by 9:45 a.m., for a 10:00 a.m., media briefing.
A follow-up news release will be posted immediately after the news conference as a follow-up to the information provided during the conference.
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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 at milepost 267 southbound in Marion County - Detour (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a crash at milepost 267 on I-5 southbound with blockage. The northbound lanes of travel are not affected.
According to the OSP Northern Command Center (OSP), the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) began getting reports of a vehicle going the wrong way on I-5, northbound in the southbound lanes, at approximately milepost 264. As units responded to the report additional callers indicated a crash had occurred at milepost 267. MCSO responded to the scene and assisted until troopers arrived.
The front passenger in the southbound vehicle struck by the wrong-way vehicle was the single confirmed fatality at the scene. The driver and a juvenile passenger in the back were injured and transported to Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile is reported as having critical injuries.
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital to be treated. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this crash.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has established a detour for southbound traffic in the area. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible and select an alternate route. Troopers indicated they believe they should have at least 1 lane open in the next 1-1.5 hours.
DETOUR: Traffic is being redirected east on HWY 214 in Woodburn, then south on HWY 99E, then west on Chemawa Road and back onto I-5.
Additional updates will be released when they are available.
OSP is being assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Marion County District Attorney's office, Keizer Police Department and the Woodburn Fire Department.
Warm Springs Police Department Release on HWY 26 Fatal Crash
The following News Release is being forwarded at the request of the Warm Springs Police Department:
On November 22, 2014, at approximately 7:09 PM, the Warm Springs Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 77. Upon arriving on scene, officers determined that a van was that traveling eastbound on Highway 26 collided head-on with the Ford pickup, which was traveling westbound. A few moments after the head-on collision, a semi-truck traveling east on Highway 26 collided with the Ford pickup, compromising the head-on crash scene. The driver and lone occupant of the van, whose identity is being withheld pending next of kin notifications (s), was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the passenger-side window of the van; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The two involved vehicles had no other passengers and there were no other serious injuries reported. Highway 26 was closed so that investigators could complete the investigation.
The Oregon State Police responded to assist from Bend and Government Camp by providing Crash Reconstruction specialists. Road conditions were very icy at the time of the crash and Highway 26 was reopened at 4:00 AM.
No photographs are available for release.
Questions may be directed to Public Safety General Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Stan Suenaga at (541) 553-2283.
Thanksgiving Travel Plans? Look here first...
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Woodburn Police Department (WPD) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to urge I-5 travelers to plan ahead and travel smart.
Holiday travel can bring congested roads and worrisome weather for folks who don't plan ahead.
This Thanksgiving, Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores will be hosting a "Moonlight Madness" sale, bringing more traffic to the Woodburn area. Each year, traffic on I-5 typically backs up for several miles in both directions Thanksgiving night near exit 271 as travelers and shoppers pass by.
Woodburn Police, Marion County Sheriff's Office and OSP are planning extra patrols and enhanced enforcement in the area. As vehicles begin to line up to take the 271 Woodburn exit, some drivers may be tempted to stop in the adjacent lanes and "cut" into the line. OSP and ODOT want to remind drivers that it is unlawful to stop/stand on the freeway and troopers working in the area will be stopping those folks and issuing citations as necessary.
ODOT, WPD, MCSO and OSP encourage shoppers visiting the Premium Outlet Stores to consider using additional parking at the newly completed Woodburn Park & Ride/Transit facility located just east of I-5 on Highway 214.
Pre-Holiday Travel Reminders:
* Stay alert and focused while driving;
* If headed to the Outlet Stores, be sure to get in the right lane several miles before the exit;
* DO NOT STOP in the center or left lanes to merge into the right lane - if you miss the start of the line you will need to proceed to the next available exit and turn around;
* A safe following distance will reduce rear-end crashes, so - leave more room;
* Look for alternate routes to Woodburn;
* Know Before You Go with www.TripCheck.com
or call 5-1-1.
Report Drunk Drivers at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865) or 9-1-1.
*** Update *** Reward Increased to Help OSP Fish & Division Investigation of Multiple Deer & Elk Killings in Tillamook County (Photo)
A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.
The ongoing investigations led OSP troopers on Monday, November 3, 2014, to two suspects. BRADLEY JORDAN, age 20, from Beaver, was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer, Unlawful Possession of Buck Deer (2 counts), Waste of a Game Animal, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. When arrested, JORDAN was in possession of an illegally killed black-tail deer. A second person identified as JOSHUA SINCLAIR, age 22, from Cloverdale, was cited and released to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court for Aiding in a Game Violation.
OSP believes there may be others involved in these incidents and are asking for the public's help. A $1,000 reward is offered, comprised of $500 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association and $500 from the Tillamook Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigations.
*** Enhanced Reward ***
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible. The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to conviction of suspected poachers.
Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or email@example.com
Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
Newport Troopers Investigate Wasted Trophy Buck Deer - *** REWARD *** (Photo)
On November 7, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to a home off NE Port Lane in Lincoln City to investigate a report of a dead buck deer. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a deceased 4-point buck deer that appeared to have been shot with an arrow. The buck was unable to be salvaged. The deer was seen alive earlier in the afternoon and appeared to have been killed around 6:30 PM, inside city limits. This was the last day of the Western Oregon Deer season.
A $5,250 reward is offered, comprised of $250 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, $2500 from the Humane Society of the United States and $2500 from the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to please call Sr. Tpr. Ryan Kehr with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-0097
*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash I-84 West of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an injury crash on I-84 near milepost 206.5 and are asking for your help finding an involved vehicle.
At approximately 6:22 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) was notified of a motor vehicle fire at milepost 206.5. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV with heavy front-end damage that had caught fire and burned. The car's driver, identified as SHELLEY WHITTAKER, 29, of Portland, was pulled from the vehicle by her passenger then collapsed beside it with serious injuries. Passers-by who stopped to help performed CPR on WHITTAKER until she was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.
The front passenger, identified as TUESDAY HAILEY, 35, of Hillsboro, self-extricated and received non-life threatening injuries.
Seatbelt information is not presently available for either occupant.
*** Troopers believe the Montero may have rear-ended an oil or gasoline tanker type semi-truck . Heavy winds in the area may have prevented the trucks driver from knowing the vehicle had been hit.***
OSP is asking for your help in identifying the semi-truck involved in this incident. Anyone travelling in the Pendleton area near milepost 206.5 (on the steep grade immediately west of Pendleton) who may have witnessed the rear-end crash but been unable to stop is asked contact Trooper John Juzuler 541-276-2121 (SCC) or 503-375-3555 (NCC).
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Pendleton Police Department, Pendleton Fire Department, Echo Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Photographs are attached.
*** Update *** Minor Injury School Bus Crash on Century Drive West of Bend (Photo)
At approximately 9:50 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a report of a school bus that had lost control, slid off the road and rolled-over at milepost 15.5 on Century Drive west of Bend.
Troopers, assisted by the United States Forest Service and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, learned the bus slid through the eastbound lane and off the embankment before rolling over twice and coming to rest against some trees about 50 feet away from the road. The bus was occupied by six students plus the driver, identified as RUSSELL JOHNSON, 55, of Prineville. One of the students received a minor injury and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.
The school bus was traveling from Prineville to the Mount Bachelor area transporting the cross country ski team. Information on seat belt use is not immediately available.
Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 99W near Junction City - Lane County. (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a four vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W at milepost 112 near Junction City in Lane County.
On November 21, at approximately 6:59 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a four vehicle crash on highway 99W at milepost 112 with a single confirmed fatality. The crash occurred when a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, travelling northbound and driven by CLINTON STEFANEK, 31, from Eugene, crossed the center median and struck a southbound 2014 Nissan Juke, driven by KIMBERLY ANNE BARCLAY, 39, from Corvallis. BARCLAY died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Subsequent to the initial crash, both vehicles were struck by additional cars heading southbound.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and pending the results of the collision reconstruction.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Junction City Fire Department, Junction City PD, Lane Rural Fire District, the Lane County District Attorney and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Commercial Truck and Double Trailer Roll-Over Crash on I-84 at Milepost 145 (Photo)
Troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 145 (EB) involving a semi truck pulling a set of double trailers.
Senior Trooper Mike Holloran of The Dalles said the truck's driver, identified as ODELL THOMAS,55, of Vancouver WA, was travelling too fast for conditions on an icy freeway as he approached traffic slowing ahead; losing control, going off the road into the median and rolling over. Sr. Trooper Holloran said the driver was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston for treatment of minor injuries.
Due to the icy conditions and location of the overturned truck troopers believe it will take several hours if not days to off-load the trailers by hand and then remove the truck. Drivers are asked to be mindful of crews working in the area to clear the crash and to reduce distractions and increase your following distances.
With icy weather motorists are urged to Know Before You Go and consult www.TripCheck.com
for travel details. Drive Safe!
*** I-84 Closures *** Know Before You Go! with TripCheck.com (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are advising of hazardous conditions on Interstate 84 at multiple locations in the Pendleton Area.
Freezing Rain is the culprit in this photo when an OSP patrol car was hit while unoccupied. Motorists should avoid the area and monitor www.tripcheck.com
for details on when the roadways will be open. Know Before You Go.
*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash Highway 103 at MP 6.5 - Names Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5.
On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver, identified as DAVID WEISS, 68, of Forest Grove, and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant, identified as EDWARD VAUGHN, 59, of Portland, died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Investigators indicated Vaughn was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.
OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.
Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 103 at Milepost 6.5 - 11/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5.
On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Preliminary investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.
The names of those involved are being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification and will be released once that has occurred. OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.
No Photographs are available at this time.