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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 / Highway 201N south of Ontario
May 16, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247


A woman died Thursday morning in a collision between her vehicle and a commercial truck at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 201N south of Ontario in Malheur County. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Ontario Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
 
According to Lieutenant Mark Duncan, on May 16, 2013 at approximately 9:35 a.m., a 2006 Pontiac G6 four-door driven by VENEZA RODRIGUEZ, age 20, from Ontario, was stopped at the stop sign on Highway 20 at the intersection with Highway 201N. As a 2006 Kenworth truck driven by GUADALUPE RIOS, age 53, from Nyssa, approached southbound on Highway 201N, the Pontiac pulled out to turn left and into the path of the commercial truck when it was struck.
 
After impact, both vehicles traveled together nearly 200 yards to the south of the intersection before separating. The Pontiac came to rest in a bordering irrigation ditch. The truck and trailer came to a stop in the northbound lanes.
 
RODRIGUEZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.
 
RIOS was not injured and was also using safety restraints.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management, Ontario Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed several hours with a detour in place.