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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Ontario
02/09/2011
Lieutenant Richard Pileggi
Oregon State Police - Ontario
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash on Interstate 84 about ten miles west of Ontario that resulted in the death of an Ontario-area woman.
 
On February 9, 2011 at approximately 9:34 a.m., OSP Trooper Ryan Mills was out on a truck inspection on Interstate 84 near milepost 363 eastbound when he heard a crash near his location. Trooper Mills observed a large amount of dust coming from the center median and ran to that location to attempt to find the vehicle involved. The vehicle was eventually located across the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about 160 feet down an embankment on its top with the driver trapped inside. Trooper Mills rendered first aid until medics arrived and pronounced the driver, TRESSA CORBITT, age 56, from Ontario, deceased at the scene. Next of kin have been notified.
 
Investigation at the scene revealed that CORBITT had been traveling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 363 when, for an unknown reason, she drove into the center median and stuck a fog marker with the driver's side door. The driver then over-corrected and crossed both westbound lanes of Interstate 84 and went airborne for short distance, then rolled several times down an embankment into a ravine.
 
CORBITT had been using safety restraints and the vehicles airbags had deployed during the crash.
 
OSP Troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
 
Treasure Valley Paramedics, ODOT and the Malheur County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. One westbound lane of Interstate 84 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours due to the investigation.