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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 east of Newport
02/12/2010
Lieutenant Mike Turner
Oregon State Police - Newport
(541) 265-5354

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A Toledo-area couple died and a third person was injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20 about five miles east of Newport. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Justin McGladrey, on February 11, 2010 at approximately 4:55 p.m. a Subaru Forester driven by DEBRA A. SIMMONS, age 53, from Depoe Bay, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 5 when, for an undetermined reason, it crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with an eastbound Ford Ranger pickup occupied by two people. After impact, the vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane and shoulder area.
 
Both occupants in the pickup were pronounced deceased at the scene. They are identified as driver JOHN EUGENE HUNTER, age 57, and passenger DEBRA ANNETTE HUNTER, age 55, both from Toledo.
 
SIMMONS was transported with non-life threatening injuries by Pac West ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and then transferred by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
 
Safety restraint use is pending confirmation through the investigation.
 
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police Department, Toledo Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. Highway 20 was closed about three hours with a detour established.