January 23, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a loaded log truck and sport utility vehicle on Highway 223 about three miles south of Dallas.
Updated information indicates on January 23, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., a loaded log truck driven by ROBERT E. SWEET JR, age 49, from Klamath Falls, was traveling northbound on Highway 223 near milepost 7 when a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by STANLEY PAUL DANKENBRING, age 64, from Dallas, crossed the center line and collided nearly head-on with the log truck.
DANKENBRING was pronounced deceased at the scene.
SWEET and passenger LAURA SALES, age 48, from Klamath Falls, were not injured.
All involved persons were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire District No. 1, and ODOT. The highway was opened about 5:00 p.m.
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