Update: Victims' Identified - Double Fatal Crash - Highway 138W southeast of Elkton 08/20/2012
Sergeant Dave Randall
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's fatal traffic crash the resulted in the death of two people on Highway 138W about 8 miles east of Elkton. The names of the deceased man and woman from Tennessee are being released in this update.
According to Sergeant Dave Randall, on August 19, 2012 at about 10:35 a.m. a 1992 Ford Probe driven by DANNY D. HARRIS, age 27, from Elizabethton, Tennessee, was westbound on Highway 138W near milepost 8 entering a right hand curve after passing three cars when it failed to negotiate the curve and began traveling in the eastbound lane of travel. An eastbound 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by PAUL WELLINGTON, age 59, from Redding, California, was unable to avoid a head-on crash with the westbound Ford Probe.
PAUL WELLINGTON and his passenger TERI WELLINGTON, age 59, were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with non-life threatening injuries. They both were using safety restraints.
The Ford's two occpuants were pronounced deceased at the scene. HARRIS was using safety restraints. Female passenger identified as ATHENA N. BYRD, age 24, also from Elizabethton, Tennessee, was not using safety restraints.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Sutherlin Police Department, Kellogg Rural Fire District, Elkton Rural Fire Department, and ODOT. This section of highway was closed for over 2 hours.