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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 north of Brownsville Interchange in Linn County

September 10, 2013

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

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance the Multi-Agency Accident Investigation Team (MAAIT) and Linn County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's two vehicle serious injury traffic crash that occurred along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about two miles north of the Brownsville interchange in Linn County. Names of the involved persons is released in this update and OSP is still asking for contact from any witnesses who have not given a statement that will assist with this investigation.

Updated information indicates on September 10, 2013 at approximately 1:45 p.m., a 2001 Subaru Legacy four-door station wagon with three adult occupants was stopped on the inside median shoulder of Interstate 5 near milepost 218 after having a flat tire. The three occupants were outside or near the opening of the car's left side doors.

A 2014 Nissan Versa four-door driven by KIMBERLY M. PHILLIPS, age 30, from Phoenix, Arizona, was traveling southbound in the left lane when an unidentified pickup braked and began to slow quickly. PHILLIPS steered to the left, traveling onto the insider shoulder where it struck the parked Subaru and the male standing outside.

Two of the occupants associated with the Subaru were critically injured. They are identified as JALAL N. HADDAD, age 21, from SE Portland, and CLEO J. McCLINTOCK, age 21, from SE Portland. HADDAD was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. McCLINTOCK was transported by REACH air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. A third occupant (female) in the Subaru, TAJA NELSON, age 21, from SE Portland, was taken by one of the emergency responders to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with possible minor injury.

PHILLIPS and a 10-year old female passenger received minor injuries. They were taken to an unidentified area hospital.

Officers from OSP and Linn County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene with ODOT and firefighters from Albany and Halsey-Shedd fire departments. Members of MAAIT also responded to assist with reconstruction and investigation.

The southbound lanes were blocked for over an hour during the incident response and initial investigation.

OSP received information that the vehicle ahead of the Nissan prior to it losing control was described as a possible Chevrolet pickup, gray in color, with a star on the back bumper/taillight area. Investigators are asking for contact from the driver of this vehicle as well as any other witnesses who have not provided a statement about this crash. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Trooper Huff Meyr at (541) 737-3010 or email at huff.meyr@state.or.us. 


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