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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126E near Clear Lake
September 25, 2012

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

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a fatal traffic crash Monday evening along Highway 126E near Clear Lake involving a passenger vehicle and commercial truck. The crash resulted in the death of a Blue River-area woman and minor injuries to the truck driver.
 
On September 24, 2012 at approximately 7:50 pm., OSP and area emergency responders were dispatched to a reported serious injury crash on Highway 126E near milepost 6 and Carmen Reservoir Road. While enroute to the scene, OSP was notified by Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) regarding a welfare check attempt to locate for a woman driving a 2007 Toyota RAV4 from the Blue River area who made statements she may harm herself.
 
When an OSP trooper arrived at the scene of the crash at 8:44 p.m. the trooper noted an involved vehicle matched the description of the vehicle sought by LCSO. Medical responders from Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District and Black Butte Fire & Rescue advised the vehicle's female occupant had been extricated and transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.
 
The initial investigation indicated a 2007 Toyota RAV4 driven by DARLA RENEE LAMB, age 48, from Blue River, was eastbound when it crossed the centerline and crashed nearly head-on with a westbound 2013 Volvo truck pulling semi-trailer. After impact the truck and trailer traveled off the south side shoulder into trees where it came to rest. Witnesses told OSP the Toyota was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.
 
After arrival at the hospital, LAMB died from her injuries late Monday night. Safety restraint by LAMB is unknown at this time but her vehicle's airbags did deploy.
 
The truck's driver, DONALD T. CLOE, age 77, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries. He was using safety restraints. He was driving for Swift Transportation.
 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Michael Berland is the lead investigator.
 
In addition to the mentioned fire departments, OSP was also assisted at the scene by Black Butte Police Department and ODOT.