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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday evening’s two vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 126W west of Veneta. The crash resulted in the death of a Eugene man and injuries to a mother and her four children.
On January 15, 2012 at approximately 5:47 p.m. Lane Rural Fire/Rescue, Eugene Fire Department paramedics and OSP troopers were dispatched to a reported injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 126W near milepost 42. After arrival, emergency responders confirmed one person was deceased and five others, including four children, were injured.
According to Trooper Jered McLain, preliminary investigation indicates a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by JEANETTE C. BELL, age 36, from Noti, was westbound when it lost control on the icy roadway. The Ford Expedition collided into an eastbound 1993 Mercury Tracer driven by EDWARD JAY BRAY, age 52, from Eugene.
BRAY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was only using the automatic upper shoulder safety restraint belt and was not using the lower lap belt.
After impact, the Ford came to rest on its side. BELL and her four children were transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. All were using safety restraints. The children are identified as:
  • Right front passenger ELIJAH CASTALLON, age 13
  • Right rear passenger SAMUEL BELL, age 2
  • Center rear passenger JORDAN BRIGGS, age 8
  • Left rear passenger ADAM CASTALLON, age 16
The collision blocked the highway for several hours. ODOT assisted police and fire responders at the scene.