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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 26 west of Warm Springs Reservation

July 6, 2013

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

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One person was seriously injured Saturday morning in a two-vehicle traffic cras h along Highway 26 just west of the Warm Springs Reservation boundary. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

On July 6, 2013 at approximately 10:45 a.m., a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta four-door driven by TYLER VAN VACTOR, age 19, from Milwaukie, was stopped westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 70 signaling for a left turn onto US Forest Service Road 2651. A 36-foot Istaca motorhome driven by RICHARD G. STEVENS, age 67, from Vancouver, Washington, was westbound coming through a slight downhill curve and didn't see the stopped Volkswagen in time to safely stop. The motorhome crashed into the back of the Volkswagen, propelling it over 150 feet west along the highway before it came to rest crashed into trees off the eastbound shoulder.

VAN VACTOR was seriously injured. Off-duty paramedics from Hoodland Fire Department and Redmond Fire & Rescue stopped at the scene and rendered medical care before they were relieved by Hoodland Fire Department and AMR ambulance medical personnel. VAN VACTOR was transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He was using safety restraints.

STEVENS and his 68-year old wife, ELIZABETH STEVENS, were not injured. They were also using safety restraints.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Warm Springs Police Department, and ODOT. Trooper Tyler Bechtel is the lead investigator.

All lanes were closed 30 minutes before one lane was open for traffic. The highway was cleared about two hours after the crash.

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