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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 201N north of Ontario
01/27/2010
Sergeant Jason Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
(541) 889-6469 ext. 712

The victim's name is being released following next-of-kin notification as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers continue the investigation into Wednesday morning's two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 201 North about one mile north of Ontario. Earlier in the morning there were icy conditions and multiple crashes were reported in the area, but at the time of this fatal crash the road conditions had thawed and were wet.
 
On January 27, 2010 at approximately 10:09 a.m. a 1994 Kenworth commercial vehicle driven by JOSE MARTINEZ, age 42, from Caldwell, Idaho, was northbound on Highway 201 North near milepost 24. A southbound 1994 Ford F-150 pickup driven by BRETT BURTON, age 31, from Ontario, was southbound on Highway 201 when, for an unknown reason, the pickup drifted over the centerline and impacted the commercial vehicle head-on in the northbound lane. The pickup came to rest on the eastbound shoulder of the highway and the commercial vehicle pulling an empty flatbed trailer came to rest jackknifed on the westbound shoulder.
 
BURTON was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigating troopers have not been able to confirm his safety restraint use.
 
MARTINEZ had no visible injury but was transported by ambulance to Holy Rosary Medical Center for an examination. He was safety restraints.
 
Shortly after the collision a fire erupted from the pickup, fully engulfing it. Ontario Fire and Rescue responded with Hazmat resources for the fire and a small oil/ diesel spill from the commercial vehicle.
 
Highway 201 North was closed at the crash location and ODOT had set up detours.
 
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation.
 
ODOT, Ontario Fire and Rescue and the Malheur County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.