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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 228 near Brownsville in Linn County

December 23, 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 two-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 228 just east of Brownsville in Linn County. The crash resulted in the death of a 16-year old female and minor injury to two others involved in the crash.

On December 22, 2013 at approximately 2:50 p.m., a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by CAROLINE NICHOLE HUSS, age 16, from Brownsville, was traveling westbound on Highway 228 near milepost 8 through a right curve when it crossed the centerline and was struck in the left side by an eastbound tow truck.

CAROLINE HUSS was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her 37-year old mother in the right front passenger seat, ANGELA HUSS, received minor injuries and was to go to a hospital to be checked by a doctor. Safety restraint use by the victim is pending confirmation. Her mother was using safety restraints and the vehicle's airbags deployed.

The tow truck driver, ALLAN R. WOOSTER, age 53, from Eugene, was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with minor injuries. He was using safety restraints. The tow truck was transporting a passenger car on the back flatbed and a sport utility vehicle on a dolly trailer.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the roadway departure crash. A "roadway departure crash" is one that occurs at a location along a road other than at an intersection. When a vehicle crosses a centerline or the other edge of the road, or goes off the road altogether, that's a roadway departure crash.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, roadway departure crashes account for 53 percent of all fatal traffic crashes. In Oregon, these types of crashes account for approximately 66 percent of all fatalities.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, Linn County Medical Examiner, and ODOT. The highway was closed for over four hours.


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