Two people die in two vehicle crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County (Photo)


On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at approximately 12:06 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near mile post 219.  

Preliminary Investigation reveals that a 2006 Gulfstream Motorhome towing a Suzuki Samurai, operated by Richard Kozol (78) of Medford, was eastbound on Hwy 20 when for unknown reasons crossed into the westbound lanes on on a curve. He collided with a westbound 2011 Ford F-250 towing a 30 ft travel trailer operated by John Haynes (72) of Palo Cedro, CA.   

Kozol and Haynes sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The passenger in the Gulfstream, Barbara Kozol (73) of Medford, OR, was transported to St. Alphonsus in Boise.

The passenger in the Ford F-250, Debra Townsend (67) of Palo Cedro, CA, was transported to St. Alphonsus in Ontario.

The eastbound lane of Hwy 20 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Vale Fire and Ambulance, Treasure Valley Paramedics, Ontario Fire Department, and ODOT 

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