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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Albany
06/09/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Spanaway, Washington resident died Monday afternoon when the pickup he was riding in struck a parked box truck parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 about eight miles south of Albany. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers investigating the fatal crash are looking at fatigue as a contributing factor.
 
According to OSP Trooper Casey Hunter, on June 9, 2008 at approximately 4:30 p.m. a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by BRIAN C. STEWART, age 20, from Graham, Washington was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 223 in the left lane when STEWART reportedly fell asleep. The pickup drifted to the right across the northbound lanes and collided with the left rear of a box truck stopped on the right shoulder. The pickup overturned on its top and came to rest on the east shoulder. The box truck was pushed forward and came to a stop on the east shoulder.
 
The pickup's passenger, DANIEL VINCENT RIEDSTRA, age 19, from Spanaway, Washington died at the scene.
 
STEWART received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
 
Both occupants were using safety restraints. They were returning to Washington from California where they visited relatives of the victim.
 
The driver of the stopped 2002 Chevrolet 3500 box truck had stopped to check some papers and had just returned inside the passenger compartment when it was struck by the pickup. LARRY T. NIXON, age 34, from Albany, was in the process of putting his safety belt on when his vehicle was struck. He was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
 
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Upon completion, it will be reviewed with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.
 
ODOT and firefighters from Halsey Shedd and Albany fire departments assisted at the scene. One lane was closed until about 8:00 p.m.