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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Corbett
01/26/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Salem-area woman died Saturday morning and her grandson received minor injuries in a three vehicle crash eastbound on Interstate 84 east of the Corbett overpass. Icy highway conditions were a contributing factor in this crash and several others on both sides of the freeway during this time.
 
On January 26, 2008 at 9:54 a.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) were assisting with several minor ice-related crashes in both directions on Interstate 84 east of Corbett. An OSP trooper and MCSO deputy were on the eastbound shoulder at the scene of a vehicle off the highway when traffic began to slow and come to a stop due to road conditions and the presence of emergency personnel.
 
A 2007 Volvo commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by SERGEY N. KLIMENKO, age 25, from Gervais, was stopped in the left eastbound lane near milepost 22. An approaching 1997 Chevrolet Venture van driven by DONNA OPAL OLSON, age 71, from Salem, was unable to stop behind the semi-trailer and tried to maneuver past it to the right when it crashed into the back of the semi-trailer.
 
After impact, the van spun into the right eastbound lane where it was struck by a 1978 Travel Queen motor home driven by DAVID B. LAWLER, age 57, from Ketchum, Alaska. The van then spun back into the side of the semi-trailer before coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes. The motor home came to a stop off the right shoulder of the freeway.
 
DONNA OLSON was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her grandson, TYLER OLSON, age 12, from Salem, received minor injuries and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
 
KLIMENKO and LAWLER were not injured.
 
All involved persons were using safety restraints.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Portland Area Command office are completing the investigation. MCSO, Troutdale Police Department, Corbett Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. Officers cleared the scene about 1:00 p.m. and the freeway in both directions remained closed due to conditions.