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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 south of Klamath Falls
06/09/2009
Lieutenant Steve Nork
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713

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A Keno-area couple were killed Tuesday morning on Highway 97 south of Klamath Falls in a collision between a commercial vehicle and sport utility vehicle.
 
On June 9, 2009 at approximately 11:12 a.m. a 2004 Ford Explorer four-door driven by BARBARA LEONA BOICE, age 65, from Keno, Oregon was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 282 when, for an unknown reason, it traveled across the paved center median area in front of the Midland Rest Area and crashed into the rear dual wheels of a semi-trailer. The impact tore the trailer's rear dual wheels off.
 
After impact the driver of the 2009 Freightliner truck, identified as GUSTAVO CHANG, age 28, from La Puente, California, slowed to a stop with the semi-trailer's rear section sliding on the pavement. The Ford Explorer came to a stop in the middle of the highway.
 
BARBARA BOICE and her 70-year old husband/passenger, JOHN ALLISON BOICE II, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were using safety restraints.
 
CHANG and his passenger, LYDELL WILKERSON, age 33, from Delano, California, were not injured. CHANG was using safety restraints and WILKERSON was in the truck's sleeper berth. They were driving for CRST Trucking transporting household goods.
 
OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
California Highway Patrol officers, Merrill Police Department, Klamath Falls Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. A Klamath Falls Fire Department helicopter assisted with taking aerial photos of the scene, one of which is provided with this release.
 
Highway 97 re-opened about 4:15 p.m.