January 19, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's serious injury traffic crash involving a van and truck pulling a tanker trailer northbound on Interstate 5 at the Donald/Aurora northbound on ramp interchange in Marion County.
On January 18, 2014 at approximately 9:50 a.m., a Dodge Caravan with six occupants driven by HERON MENDEZ, age 66, from Springfield, was traveling on the northbound on ramp to Interstate 5 from the Donald/Aurora area near milepost 278 when it collided into the back of a tanker trailer pulled by a commercial truck that was also on the on ramp approaching the freeway lanes.
Conditions were foggy but the main cause of the crash is pending further investigation. The tanker trailer contained approximately 27,000 gallons of latex but no HazMat spill occurred.
HERON MENDEZ and passengers JACOB L. WILLIAMS, age 36, and LOUIS ZENON-MEZA, age 28, both from Eugene, were transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with non-life threatening injuries.
Passenger CARLOS PEREZ-TRUJILLO, age 41, and his children CARLOS DANIEL PEREZ, age 14, and, SARAH PEREZ, age 12, all from Springfield, were transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries. CARLOS DANIEL PEREZ, who was not using safety restraints, is in critical condition. His father and sister are in serious condition.
The truck's driver, RICHARD REIENMUTH, age 68, from Gering, Nebraska, was not injured.
Safety restraint use for others is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Salem and Portland offices are investigating. Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The on ramp and at least one lane of Interstate 5 northbound was closed for about 2 1/2 hours.
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