Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 372 – Deschutes County08/11/21

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at approximately 6:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 372 (Century Drive) near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by Flynn Lovejoy (19) of Bend, was eastbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck a bicycle operated by Richard Wolf (61) of Bend. 

Wolf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lodged Lovejoy at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, and Manslaughter.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.

John Burright

John Burright

Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright (Photo)08/11/21

The Memorial Service for Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright will be held on August 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Armory 2310 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303. The service is open to the public.  

Sergeant Burright passed away on May 4, 2021, after a nearly 20-year battle after a tragic traffic incident left him with debilitating and career-ending injuries. His injuries were suffered on September 4, 2001, when he was struck at the side of Interstate 5 while assisting a disabled motorist. The incident instantly claimed the lives of Sr. Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Department Officer Jason Hoerauf.

An emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory will precede the service.

The family requests their privacy be respected and does not wish to provide statements to the media at this time.   

For planning purposes, we are inquiring of media outlets to notify us if they plan to cover the service. If multiple media outlets wish to report on the service, we ask those outlets to coordinate a pool camera.

Any questions regarding the service should be directed to the Oregon State Police PIO email account at [email protected].

If members of the public wish to donate to support the Burright family, they may do so through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Donations may be made in person at any US Bank location or online through the “support us” tab on the Foundation’s website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. All donations collected by the Foundation during this time will be given to the Burright family.

Obituary for John Richard Burright – https://legcy.co/3xBOWwP 

Fatal Crash Hwy 213- Clackamas County08/07/21

On August 6, 2021, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 213 near Douglas Loop, Oregon City.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Grand Marquis, operated by Kyle Hansen, (45) of Molalla, was traveling northbound when it left the roadway, continued through a grassy shoulder, and crashed into a brick wall. 
As a result of the crash, Hansen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

There was minimal impact on the traffic on Highway 213.  A member of Oregon State Police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and investigated the crash.  OSP was assisted by Clackamas Fire, Clackamas ME’s Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fatal Crash Hwy 101- Tillamook County08/06/21

On August 06, 2021, at approximately 10:12 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on US-101 around milepost 86.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2015 Honda Civic, operated by Zechariah Nathaniel Stephens (26) of Eugene, was traveling northbound on US-101 when he crossed the centerline and into the southbound lane of travel, colliding head-on into a southbound 2006 ALFA motorhome operated by George Michael Minder (78) of Galt, California.  Stephens suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

US-101 was completely closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire, ODOT, and Tillamook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Illegal Marijuana Grow- Klamath County (Photo)08/05/21

On August 3, 2021, Oregon State Police Detectives served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana grow on Harpold Road, Malin, Oregon.

Information was developed that there was potentially an illegal marijuana grow at a 150-acre property on Harpold Road.  Detectives investigated further and discovered over 85 – 30 foot by 100-foot greenhouses on the property that appeared to be growing illegal marijuana. 

As part of the investigation, detectives determined that there were no permits obtained to legally grow hemp or marijuana on the property, for any purpose.  Additionally, as the investigation continued, detectives learned there was potentially theft of water and unlawful use of groundwater occurring as part of the illegal marijuana grow. Marijuana is a very water-intensive plant and since illegal grows don’t receive water permits, these grows deplete water at even more wasteful rates with no regard for sustainability. 

When the search warrant was served, detectives discovered over 22,000 illegal marijuana plants on the property.  Preliminary tests confirmed the plants were marijuana and not hemp.  Additionally, evidence was discovered to support the Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water.

Detectives conducted multiple interviews and seized evidence from the property.  Additional follow up investigation is being conducted; however, the following charges on the property owners are going to be referred to the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office:

ORS 475B.337 Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Hemp

ORS 475B.349 Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana

ORS 475B.227 Conspiracy to Export Marijuana Items

ORS 537.535 Unlawful Use or Appropriation of Ground Water

Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command Detectives were assisted by the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section, Basin Interagency Narcotics Team, Klamath County Community Corrections, the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon Water Resources Department.

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Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance in Elk poaching case- Yamhill County (Photo)08/04/21

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for public assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful take of two cow elk in Yamhill County.

On July 31, 2021, a Trooper from the McMinnville area command received information that two cow elk had been taken sometime during the week prior.  The elk were taken in the area of Bell Mountain Road approximately 1.5 miles from Gilbert Creek Road.  There were no hunting seasons in the area at the time of the take and one elk had what appeared to be a bullet wound.

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this incident contact the TIP line and leave information for Senior Trooper Rod Thomas. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals. 

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction. 

CASH REWARDS: 

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

To Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) TIP E-Mail: [email protected] (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Fatal Crash Hwy 58- Lane County08/04/21

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 3:00 P.M., OSP Troopers from the Oakridge Outpost, La Pine, and Bend Offices responded to the report of a head-on collision on Hwy 58 near milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Sentra, driven by Jerry Edward Anderson (61) of Gilchrist, was westbound when he failed to negotiate a corner.  The Sentra crossed the eastbound lanes and impacted a guardrail.  It then went into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Commercial Motor, driven by Thomas Michael Jennings (45) of Eugene.

Anderson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Jennings was uninjured.       

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department.   

Fatal Crash Hwy 97- Wasco County08/03/21

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:45 A.M., OSP Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97 at milepost 73.  A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), operated by Ronald Sims (25) of Redmond, was northbound when a silver Dodge Pickup, operated by William Robinson (74) of Wasilla, Alaska, crossed into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason.  The two vehicles hit head-on.  Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. 

Highway 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, Shankio EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE – Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Douglas County08/01/21

The pedestrian is identified as John Sebourn (49) of Roseburg. 

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On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 1:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 125. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult male was crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, from the west to east, and was struck by a Buick Enclave, operated by Eric Ortiz (47) of Vacaville, CA. and a Honda Odyssey, operated by Katrina Davis (31) of Roseburg. 

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department & EMS and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 – Malheur County08/01/21

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 2:39 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 244.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki Grand Vitara, operated by Monique Alires (22) of Ontario, was eastbound when it lost control and rolled multiple times.

Alires was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Passenger, Lewis Whipple Jr. (23) of Ontario, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County08/01/21

On Saturday, July 31, 2021 at approximately 1:03 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 6 near mile post 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup, operated by Gary Thornock (50) of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce (43) of Fairview, OR. 

Jason Pierce and a juvenile passenger sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

The other two passengers of the GMC, Kathryn Pierce (34) and a juvenile, were transported to Portland area hospitals with serious injuries.  

Thornock and two juvenile passengers were not transported for injuries.  The other juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

UPDATE – Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Keizer Police Department – Marion County07/31/21

The below are being identified as involved with the Officer Involved Shooting / Fatal Hit and Run incident in Keizer on July 28, 2021.

The pedestrian, Becky Dietzel (64) of Salem.

The six Keizer Police Officers:

Sergeant Kevin DeMarco with Keizer Police Department 14 years.    

Officer Scott Keniston with Keizer Police Department 14 years.       

Officer Michael Kowash with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Jeremy Darst with Keizer Police Department 3 years.    

Officer Chad Fahey with Keizer Police Department 3 years.

Officer Cody Stupfel with Keizer Police Department 1 year.

The suspect, Sean Beck (47) of Oympia WA. is still being treated at the hospital.

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Keizer Police Department Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call behind a business at the corner of River Rd. and Dearborn Rd.  

Officers contacted two adult males near the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen.   One of the males exchanged gunfire with officers and then fled in the vehicle. The other male stayed at the scene and was cooperative.  

The male that fled went southbound on River Rd.  The vehicle struck a pedestrian which was crossing the street near the intersection of River Rd. and Cummings Lane.  The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Keizer Officers, with the assistance of Salem Police Department Officers, were able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Cherry Ave. and Salem Parkway.  After a short standoff the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  

He was transported to Salem Hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Six Keizer Police Officers have been determined to be involved officers and per standard procedure have been placed on administrative leave.

Per Senate Bill 111 protocol the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting and the pedestrian fatality.

No further information is available for release at this time and names will be released when appropriate.

Refer to original release from Keizer Police Department below.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

News Release from Keizer Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2021 11:28 PM

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 2042 hours, Keizer police officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of River Rd N and Dearborn Ave N.  During the contact, there was an officer involved shooting, pursuit and hit and run crash.  The suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.  We will be providing further details as we are able.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E – Marion County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 10:43 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99E at Boones Ferry Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Jose Sandoval Flores (40) of Woodburn, was northbound on Hwy 99E and turned left, onto Boones Ferry Rd, into the path of a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Jerald Stewart (64) of Salem. 

Stewart sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Flores was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Jefferson County07/30/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 12:45 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Impala, operated by Charles Carroll (51) of Madras, was northbound when it left the roadway, lost control, and entered the southbound lane colliding with a Mazda CX-5 operated by Greg Rockwell (70) of Bothell, WA.

Carroll was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.

Passenger in the Chevrolet, Donna Reynaga (52) of Ontario, CA. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Rockwell and passenger, Colleen Donahue (62) of Bothell, WA. were both transported to the hospital with injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Tillamook County07/29/21

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 at approximately 2:19 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 6 near mile post 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Saturn Ion, operated by Richard Rose (41) of Portland, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Kenworth semi-truck operated by Robert Kiser (51) of Tillamook.

Rose was transported to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Kiser was not transported for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook Fire Department, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Police Department, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Lane County07/28/21

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at approximately 7:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 196. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Contour, operated by Rhonda Wild (51) of Fresno, CA. was northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with a southbound Nissan Titan, pulling a boat, operated by Jason Smith (46) of Prineville.

Wild and Smith sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Two passengers from the Nissan, Heidi Smith (47) of Prineville and a juvenile, were transported to the Florence Hospital with injuries.  

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 240 – Yamhill County07/27/21

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at approximately 5:20 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near milepost 9.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota pickup, operated by Jeffrey Brown (36) of Yamhill, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Nissan Sentra operated by Irene Gomez (34) of Woodburn.

Brown sustained serious injuries and was transported to OHSU by Life Flight. 

Gomez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 240 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, TVF&R, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 6 – Washington County07/26/21

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 6:48 AM, Oregon State Police along with Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on HWY 6 near milepost 33 west of Banks. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico BARAJAS-ROJAS (70), of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of The Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2018 Dodge pick-up, Vernon MINCEMOYER (51), of Gaston, was uninjured. 

HWY 6 was closed for approximately five hours. 

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Serious Injury Crash on I-84 – Union County (Photo)07/26/21

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 7:38 A.M. OSP responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 256.  A silver Mazda CX-9 was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 when the driver fell asleep and left the roadway. The vehicle went around a guardrail and then down an embankment for approximately 200 feet until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the banks of the Grande Ronde River. A witness to the crash was able to remove the two juvenile passengers from the vehicle, which was on fire. The witness told the Trooper that the vehicle was on fire when he arrived, but he was able to put the fire out with water from the river.

Firefighters and medical personnel arrived on the scene and had to extricate the driver and front passenger. The two adults were taken by life flight with serious injuries. The 2 juvenile passengers were taken to Grande Ronde Hospital. The Trooper on scene stated that Union County Deputy Hamilton went above and beyond carrying the injured little girl across the Grande Ronde River to get medical attention.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Search & Rescue, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Fire Department, Island City Fire.  Union Pacific Railroad personnel also responded to the scene to assist because OSP used the railroad right of way to extract the vehicle from the river.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 238 – Jackson County07/25/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash Hwy 238 near North Applegate Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Thunderbird, operated by Dona Powers (62) of Central Point, was eastbound when it left the roadway and crashed. 

Powers sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Applegate Fire and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20W – Jefferson County07/24/21

On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20W near milepost 88.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard Cissna (65) of Bend, was westbound when it attempted to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 138E – Douglas County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 138E near mile post 33.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.

Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Sanyal was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 30 – Clatsop County07/19/21

On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:50 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 87.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Mazda Protege, operated by Joshua Johns (36) of Westport, OR. was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Kia Sorento operated by Joe Houston (63) of Ocean Park, WA.

Johns sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH).  The passenger, Danielle Hammer (40) of Westport, was transported to CMH for injuries.

Houston and passenger, Kathryn Matthai (53)  of Ocean Park,  were both transported to CMH for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.  

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OSP Trooper discovers methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside a vehicle-Deschutes County07/16/21

On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at approximately 9:30 P.M., a Trooper from the Bend Area Command stopped a 2006 Saturn for failure to drive within its lane of travel on southbound U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 128.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a consent search was conducted.  The search of the vehicle revealed approximately 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 1.1 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Yurida Barrera Alonso (38) from McFarland, California and the passenger was identified as Ernesto Adolfo Linares Gomes (33) from Bakersfield, California.  Both individuals were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 – Umatilla County07/13/21

On Monday, July 12, 2021 at approximately 7:31 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Interstate 84 near milepost 187.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Lincoln MKX, operated by Michael Wilson (65) of Vancouver, WA. was westbound when it drove onto the shoulder and struck the back of a parked semi-truck with trailer.

Wilson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased..

The occupants of the semi-truck were not injured.

Oregon State Police were assisted  by the Stanfield Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriffs Office, ODOT and Umatilla County Fire District #1.

Source: Oregon State Police (FlashAlerts)

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