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Fatal Traffic Crash - Lafayette Highway east of Amity
07/11/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A 19-year old Salem resident died and an Idaho man received minor injuries Saturday morning in a collision involving a commercial truck and passenger car on Lafayette Highway at Amity Road about three miles east of Amity. The highway re-opened about 4:00 p.m.

 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Lieutenant Marlene West indicates on July 11, 2009 at approximately 10:15 a.m. a 1993 Subaru four-door driven by LANDON THOMAS KUENZI, age 19, from Salem, was northbound on Lafayette Highway when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2005 Kenworth truck pulling a box semi-trailer loaded with unknown goods.
 
KUENZI was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The truck's driver, DOUGLAS F. ODEGAARD, age 46, from Post Falls, Idaho received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville for treatment.
 
Both occupants were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Multi-Agency Traffic Team comprised of officers from Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, and Newberg Police Department. Amity Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.