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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 near Dexter
03/27/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday night's fatal traffic crash on Highway 58 near Dexter that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two others. With ODOT's help, one lane was re-opened about 12:30 a.m. to clear the highway.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Chris Ashenfelter, on March 26, 2010 at approximately 5:00 p.m. a commercial truck with two occupants pulling a semi-trailer loaded with grocery items was westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 14 negotiating a right curve too fast when it crossed the highway into an opposite side jersey barrier. The truck and trailer began to roll onto its driver side when the trailer collided with a railroad trestle and split open. As the truck and trailer slid on its driver side it collided head-on with an eastbound commercial truck with one occupant. An eastbound passenger car following the eastbound truck pulled toward the shoulder as its driver saw the developing crash. It was involved in the collision but its lone occupant was not injured.
 
The driver of the westbound truck, JOSE MERCED ANDRADE, age 48, from Southgate, California was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger RICARDO MIRAMONTES, age 47, from San Diego, California reported he was in the truck's sleeper berth. MIRAMONTES was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
 
The eastbound truck driver, SERGIO FUENTES, age 57, from California, had a minor injury.
 
The passenger car's driver, STACEY COLORADO, age 41, from Oakridge, was not injured.
 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation, including determining who was driving the westbound truck. Speed is a possible contributing factor.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Dexter Fire Department, Lowell Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, and ODOT.