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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99E north of Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's fatal traffic crash that took the lives of two people on Highway 99E about three miles north of Salem. The two Hispanic male victims have not been positively identified. Names of the others involved in this crash are being released.
On January 30, 2009 at approximately 6:02 a.m. a report was received of a commercial truck in a ditch blocking Highway 99E near Barbara Avenue NE north of Salem. Within 3 minutes a second report was received of a serious traffic crash at that location. Emergency responders arrived and confirmed two people were killed and two others trapped in a pickup.
According to OSP Sergeant Dale Young, the preliminary investigation indicates a 2005 Kenworth truck pulling a loaded semi-trailer was being operated northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 43 by TROYCE L McGILL, age 33, from Payette, Idaho when it missed a turn for a delivery in the Salem area. McGILL was attempting to turn around to go southbound at the intersection with Scott Avenue NE when the truck slid into the ditch on the west side of the highway and became stuck. The semi-trailer was stopped across both Highway 99E lanes of travel.
Conditions were described as dark with heavy fog.
McGILL was standing outside on the south side of the truck to warn any approaching traffic when his trailer was struck on the north side by a southbound 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with six occupants. The pickup crashed into the right center side of the semi-trailer and was partially lodged underneath.
The pickup's male driver and male right front passenger were deceased at the scene.
Two passengers seated in the space between the front seats and the pickup bed was trapped. BENITO SANTOS-CANDIDO, age 39, and (female) GUDELIA AMILTEMPA-ALVARADO, age 36, both from Woodburn, were extricated by Keizer Fire Department personnel and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.
Two other male passengers in the pickup's bed were ejected along with the bed's canopy cover. PAUBLO ROSAS-GONZALEZ, age 24, from Woodburn, and LUIS MIGUEL ALARCON-ABARCA, age 24, residence unknown, initially refused medical transport. About four hours after the crash, both reported feeling injured and were transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance.
Neither McGILL or COLEEN KOEHN, age 44, Hazelton, Idaho, a female passenger seated in the truck, were injured.
OSP troopers and crash reconstructionists from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No enforcement action has been taken pending the ongoing investigation. Keizer Police Department, Keizer Fire Department, and ODOT Motor Carrier Enforcement Division assisted at the scene.
Highway 99E was closed in both directions until about 10:30 a.m. ODOT handled traffic control and detour responsibilities.