April 21, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
On April 20, 2013 at approximately 2:15 p.m., a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban driven by TERRY BEKKEDAHL, age 63, from Veneta, with three other adult occupants was westbound on Highway 126E near milepost 15. For an undetermined reason, the vehicle traveled off the north shoulder, drove through a fence for about 100 feet and came to rest along the shoulder. As the vehicle was striking the fence, several large pieces of wood penetrated the windshield in three places striking the driver and a sleeping adult male in the left rear seating position.
TERRY BEKKEDAHL was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. The left rear injured passenger, GUS BRADFORD, age 61, from Alvadore, was transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. Both were seriously injured but not life treatening. Right front passenger NEIL MICHAEL HURLEY, 62, from Eugene, received minor injuries. He and the uninjured rear seat male passenger, ERIK BEKKEDAHL, age 37, frommTigard, were driven by OSP to the same hospital.
All occupants were using safety restraints.
The highway was closed about 45 minutes and then opened to one lane of travel for the next thirty minutes before completely re-opened.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Ryan Hockema is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, McKenzie Fire & Rescue and ODOT.