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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of La Grande
07/01/2010
Sergeant Larry Graves
Oregon State Police - La Grande
(541) 963-7175 ext. 4611

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A 69-year old Salem man died Thursday afternoon when the vehicle he was riding in with other family members lost control and rolled down an embankment along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles west of La Grande. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the La Grande Area Command Office are continuing the investigation.
 
According to OSP Trooper Levi Macy, on July 1, 2010 at approximately 10:45 a.m. a 2004 Ford Excursion towing a camper trailer was operated by EDWARD P. KJELDGAARD, age 40, from Springfield, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 247 in the left lane. As the Ford moved toward the right lane its driver lost control and the vehicles traveled off the right shoulder. The Ford began to roll causing the vehicles to separate. The Ford rolled down a steep embankment about 100 feet from the road before coming to rest against a tree.
 
Right front passenger RODNEY LEE KAMPPI, age 69, from Salem, was pulled from the vehicle by two nurses who stopped at the scene. Using CPR, the nurses attempted to revive RODNEY KAMPPI but he was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was the father and grandfather of the vehicle occupants. The family members were on a camping trip for the Fourth of July weekend.
 
In addition to the driver, three other passengers in the center and rear seating areas received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. They were identified as JOANNA L. KAMPPI, age 39; HAILEY KJELDGAARD, age 11; and, CAROLINE KJELDGAARD, age 8, all from Springfield. All occupants were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande City Fire Department, La Grande Rural Fire Department, and ODOT.