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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Cascade Locks
03/28/2011
Sergeant Pat Shortt
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon's multi-vehicle fatal traffic crash on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Cascade Locks. A Happy Valley-area woman was killed and three other people were injured.
 
According to Trooper Jason Calloway, on March 27, 2011 at approximately 5:37 p.m. traffic on Interstate 84 near milepost 42 was briefly stopped in both westbound lanes. Roadway conditions were wet and it was raining. Preliminary investigation indicates a 1992 Acura Vigor four-door driven by MARC EDWARD TAYLOR, age 20, from Edmonds, Washington was westbound in the right lane at freeway speeds. TAYLOR reportedly didn't see traffic ahead was stopped and crashed into back of a 1992 Geo Metro two-door. The impact pushed the Geo Metro forward into the back of a 1990 Ford Econoline van leading to a chain reaction crash involving four other vehicles that were stopped in both westbound lanes.
 
The Geo Metro's driver, VICKY ANN BANKHARDT, age 33, from Happy Valley, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
TAYLOR and his two passengers received minor injuries. They were transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment. The two passengers are identified as ALISON M. MACLEAN, age 20, from Nampa, Idaho, and DEJON D. BOWMAN, age 20, from Tumwater, Washington. Both passengers were not using safety restraints.
 
The Ford Econoline van's driver, WILLIAM R. CLOSNER, age 75, from Stevenson, Washington, and the other four drivers were not injured. These vehicles were later driven from the scene.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Hood River County District Attorney's Office. No enforcement decision has been made pending the completion of the investigation.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and ODOT.
 
One lane was closed three hours during the investigation.