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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 201 north of Ontario
05/10/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday night's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 201 about four miles north of Ontario that resulted in the death of one person.
 
On May 9, 2012 at approximately 11:30 p.m. a 1997 Ford Escort driven by DUSTIN RHOADS BENJAMIN, age 30, from Ontario, was northbound on Highway 201 near milepost 22. For an unknown reason, the Ford traveled onto the gravel shoulder, over-corrected and slid sideways back onto the highway where it was struck broadside by southbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven byKENNETH E. BENTON, age 38, from Weiser, Idaho.
 
BENJAMIN was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints.
 
BENTON was not injured. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
 
OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Treasure Valley Paramedics Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.