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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 west of Warm Springs
02/06/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Toledo, Oregon man died Friday morning after losing control of his pickup on Highway 26 about 28 miles west of Madras and subsequently landing on its top in a spur off Beaver Creek on the Warm Springs Reservation.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Chris Seber, on February 6, 2009 at approximately 7:30 a.m. a 1998 Toyota pickup driven by ROBIN CHRISTOPHER OLEMAN, age 42, from Toledo, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 83 when it attempted to pass a Jeep Cherokee. As the Toyota was beginning to pass the Jeep Cherokee, it sideswiped the Jeep's left side then continued completing the pass before losing control.
The Toyota spun clockwise and traveled off the westbound shoulder, down an embankment about 100 feet and landed on its top in the water.
 
OLEMAN was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints and the pickup's airbags deployed.
 
The Jeep's driver, KIRSTEN MARIE BALDING, age 36, from Redmond, was not injured. She was using safety restraints and was able to drive from the scene.
 
OSP troopers from the Madras work site are continuing the investigation. Warm Springs Police Department, Warm Springs Fire & Ambulance, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
ODOT used flaggers to direct traffic through the area using the eastbound lane. All lanes were cleared at 10:45 a.m. Roadway conditions were wet.
 
Questions for response from Warms Springs Fire Department should be directed to Robert Barshofsky, Public Information Officer, at (541) 610-8791.