November 18, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday afternoon's multi-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 99E about two miles south of Oregon City that resulted in the death of a 52-year old Canby-area man. Investigators confirmed the crash involved 3 passengers vehicles and a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer. The highway was closed about six hours during the emergency response, investigation and clearing of the scene.
On November 17, 2013 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a Suzuki Swift subcompact passenger car driven by KRIS C. KUYKENDALL, age 52, from Canby, was northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 16 when it crossed into the left southbound lane and sideswiped a Nissan Maxima. The Suzuki continued in the left southbound lane and sideswiped a Pontiac passenger car, then traveled into the right southbound lane where it collided into the drive axle of a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer.
The impact with the truck ruptured one of the truck's diesel tanks, broke two heavy suspension mounting brackets, and ejected the Suzuki's engine from the engine compartment. Debris associated with the mutliple vehicles involved in the crash covered an extensive area of the highway. Approximately 40 gallons of diesel spilled before being contained by fire personnel. NRC Environmental Services responded to clean up the diesel spill.
KUYKENDALL was pronounced deceased at the scene and extricated by fire personnel. He was using safety restraints.
The truck's driver, EUGENE F. HAASE, age 76, from Allen, Texas, was not injured.
The driver of the Nissan, SUZANNE MILLER, age 65, from Canby, was not injured. The driver of the Pontiac, JOHN KOLB, age 31, from Canby, was going to go to a hospital in a private vehicle to be checked for possible injury. His 33-year old wife, TAMARA KOLB, and their 4-year old son were not injured.
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are leading the investigation. Trooper Ted Moisan is the lead investigator. There is no confirmed information or evidence for the cause at this time.
Officers from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon City Police Department, and Canby Police Department assisted at the scene along with firefighters from Canby Fire Department and Clackamas Fire District #1, and ODOT and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.
Traffic was blocked in both directions with a detour in place during the closure.
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