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Serious Injury Crash Involving Wrong Way Driver - Interstate 84 east of Arlington
07/06/2008
Sergeant Patrick Shortt
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's two vehicle head on crash involving a wrong way driver that injured two people, one critically.
 
The crash occurred on July 5, 2008, at 10:09 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 84 at milepost 144 about seven miles east of Arlington.  According to OSP Trooper Mark O'Neill, two emergency calls were received that a white Toyota pickup was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes on Interstate 84 at milepost 146. Minutes later, another emergency call reported a crash had occurred. Trooper O'Neill arrived on scene about seven minutes after the crash and found that the Toyota pickup had crashed head on into a Mitsubishi Galant. He was able to provide emergency medical treatment to both drivers, who were the only occupants in their respective vehicles.
 
The driver of the Mitsubishi was identified as KELLEY BUNGER, age 34, from Apache Junction, Arizona. BUNGER was reportedly driving to Oregon from Arizona to visit relatives. He was transported by helicopter,to Kadlec Hospital in the Tri-Cities, Washington area and later taken by helicopter to OHSU Hospital in Portland. BUNGER continues to be listed as in critical condition. His next of kin were notified by Arizona law enforcement officers.
 
The driver of the Toyota was identified as MICHAEL O'TOOLE, age 39, from Aloha. O'TOOLE received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Arlington Ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston.
 
Citizens contacted at the scene of the crash indicated that BUNGER had been traveling eastbound at speeds in excess of 90 mph. The events leading up to the crash are still under investigation.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by personnel from the Arlington Fire Department, the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.