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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Huntington
02/18/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's multi-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about one mile west of Huntington. The crash resulted in the death of juvenile female and injuries to four others. The names of the victim and the four occupants in the vehicle she was traveling in are not being released at this time because of pending identifications and next of kin notification.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Chris Hawkins, on February 18, 2011 at approximately 5:38 a.m. a 2005 Ford Focus driven by a 32-year old female with four passengers, two children and two adults, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 345. As the Ford Focus traveled through a left curve the driver lost control on the icy roadway and spun out. A westbound 2006 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with household products driven by REBECCA CLARK, age 41, from LaFayette, Georgia attempted to avoid the spun out Ford Focus. The semi-trailer collided with the Ford Focus pushing it against the left inside concrete guardrail.
 
After the initial collision, the five occupants in the Ford Focus were apparently not injured and got out of their vehicle. As they were standing near the car next to the left concrete guardrail, a westbound 1998 Pontiac Firebird lost control and struck four of the 5 people standing outside of the Ford Focus. A juvenile female was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 32-year old female driver and two adult females were injured, one critically. The fifth occupant, a juvenile male, jumped over the concrete guardrail toward the eastbound lane and was not struck.

An adult female passenger from the Ford Focus was transported by LifeFlight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho with critical injuries. That car's driver and an adult female were transported by Treasure Valley Paramedics Ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario, Oregon with minor injuries.

The Pontiac Firebird's driver, GOMERCINDO FIGUEROA-BAEZ, age 37, from Jerome, Idaho was transported by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario with minor injuries.

All three individuals transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario were treated and released this afternoon.

REBECCA CLARK and her 40-year old male passenger were not injured. The commercial truck is registered to Cedar Creek Trucking out of Georgia.

OSP troopers from the Baker City, La Grande and Ontario offices are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Huntington Fire Department, ODOT, Treasure Valley Paramedics, and LifeFlight.

According to ODOT, the eastbound lanes were re-opened about 9:45 a.m. and the westbound lanes at opened by 11:00 a.m.