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4 Vehicle Fatal Crash (Donald) (Photo) **Update / Names Released** - 12/05/18

Yesterday, (12/04/2018) at 7:55 a.m., deputies were called to McKay Road NE near French Prairie Road NE  after four vehicles collided resulting in multiple injuries and one fatality.  In all two people were transported to the Salem Hospital with injuries, two people were treated on scene and sadly one person has died. 

Investigators believe a small SUV, being operated by Mildred Schaber, age 81, of Newberg, was traveling east on McKay Road when for unknown reasons she began driving in the oncoming (west bound) lane.  Ms. Schaber first side swiped a large work truck that was west bound on McKay.  The work truck was being operated by Clifford Erickson, age 39, of Grand Ronde.  Mr. Erickson avoided the head on collision by steering into the east bound lane.  Mr. Erickson was treated on scene for minor injuries. 

Ms. Schaber continued westbound and struck an oncoming passenger car head on.   The driver of the vehicle Catherine Ashely, age 51 and her passenger Kacy McCauley, age 29, both of Aurora were transported to Salem Hospital.  A fourth vehicle, a pickup truck, was being driven westbound by Keith Wright, age 84, of Aurora.  Mr. Wright rear ended Ms. Schaber moments after the head on collision had occurred. Mr. Wright was treated on scene for minor injuries. Investigators believe the glare from the sun was a contributing factor in the crash. 

Tragically, Ms. Schaber was killed in the collision, she was not wearing her seatbelt.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; seatbelt usage in cars saved an estimated 14,668 lives in 2016.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking all of our residents and visitors to please buckle up and drive safely. 

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Today, (12/04/2018) at 7:55 a.m., deputies were called to McKay Road NE near French Prairie Road NE  after four vehicles collided resulting in multiple injuries and one fatality.  In all two people were transported to the Salem Hospital with injuries, two people were treated on scene and sadly one person has died. 

Investigators believe a small SUV was traveling east on McKay Road when for unknown reasons it began driving in the oncoming (west bound) lane.  The SUV first side swiped a large work truck that was west bound on McKay.  The work truck avoided the head on collision by steering into the east bound lane. 

The SUV continued westbound and struck an oncoming passenger car head on.  A fourth vehicle, a truck,,traveling west bound, rear ended the small SUV.  Investigators believe the glare from the sun is a contributing factor in the crash. 

The driver of the work truck was treated on scene and released, the two occupants of the passenger car were transported to Salem Hospital and are expected to survive their injuries.  The driver of the SUV died on scene and the driver of the truck was treated on scene and released.    

McKay Road is closed at French Prairie Road NE and Highway 219.  The closure is expected to last over the next several hours while specialized investigators examine the wreckage.  The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Keizer Police Department. 

There is no further information available at this time. 

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Today, (12/04/2018) at 7:55 a.m., deputies were called to McKay Road NE near French Prairie Road NE  after three vehicles collided resulting in multiple injuries and one fatality.  In all two people were transported to the Salem Hospital with injuries, one person was treated on scene and sadly one person died on scene. 

McKay Road is closed at French Prairie Road NE and Highway 219.  The closure is expected to last over the next several hours while specialized investigators examine the wreckage.  The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Keizer Police Department. 

There is no further information available at this time. 

Attached Media Files: 20181204_083434.jpg , McKay_MVC.jpg
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