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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W east of Veneta
May 23, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's fatal traffic crash involving a Lane County Public Works vehicle and a passenger car on Highway 126W east of Veneta. The crash resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to the truck's driver. The victim's name is withheld pending next of kin notifications.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on May 23, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m. a passenger car driven by the 32-year old victim was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 49. For an unknown reason, the car crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2011 Volvo truck pulling an empty semi-trailer. The truck's driver, RANDY R. FOSTER, age 43, from Harrisburg, wasn't able to avoid the collision.
 
The car's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using a shoulder restraint only and the lap belt was not utilized.
 
FOSTER, who was using safety restraints, was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of minor injuries. He was driving a truck for Lane County Public Works.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Lane Rural Fire Department, ODOT , and Northwest Hazmat, Inc. Preventative steps were taken to prevent any vehicle fluids from getting into the Fern Ridge Reservoir. The highway was closed over four hours.
 
Trooper Kyle Bachmeier is the lead investigator.