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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126E south of Highway 20
01/05/2008
Sergeant Mike Brewster
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536 ext. 204

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One person died and seven others received non-life threatening injuries Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 126E about 7.5 miles south of the junction with Highway 20.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper April Lang, on January 5, 2008 at approximately 2:06 p.m. a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo sport utility vehicle driven by NORMAN D. GOOD, age 30, from Eugene, was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 7 when it lost control on packed snow/ice road conditions and slid sideways into the westbound lane. A westbound 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by ANTONIO RICO-SANCHEZ, age 42, from Culver, crashed into the passenger side of the Isuzu. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the westbound lane.
 
The right front passenger in the Isuzu, identified as JOSHUA EUGENE CHRISTENSEN, age 28, from Veneta, was pronounced deceased at the scene by a physician who had stopped to provide medical care. He was using safety restraints.
 
NORMAN GOOD and three Isuzu passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment. All were using safety restraints or was in a child booster seat. The passengers were identified as DANTE GOOD, age 8; DEVIN GOOD, age 6; and, KASSIE GOOD, age 4.
 
RICO-SANCHEZ was using safety restraints and was transported by a private party to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of minor injuries. Passengers BRIANNA STUN, age 6, and YARDLEY RICO, age 6, were also transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Both were also using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office. Excessive speed does not appear to be a factor.
 
Sisters Fire Department, Black Butte Police Department, ODOT and Sisters/Camp Sherman Ambulance assisted.
 
Highway 126E was closed about two hours at the crash scene.