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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 226 west of Scio
07/23/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

One person died and two other people were injured Thursday afternoon in a three vehicle collision on Highway 226 about four miles west of Scio. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the crash in which speed and alcohol are possible contributing factors involving the victim driver.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper Huff Meyr, on July 23, 2009 at approximately 2:38 p.m. a 1993 Mazda Protégé driven by DAVID W. VINTON, age 46, from Lebanon, was eastbound on Highway 226 near milepost 7. The Mazda had just completed passing a commercial truck when VINTON lost control and traveled back into the westbound lane where it crashed head-on with a westbound 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a homemade trailer driven by CORINA LYNN CARTER, age 40, from Jefferson.
 
After the Chevrolet Silverado came to an uncontrolled stop in the westbound lane, it was struck by a westbound 2000 Ford F250 pickup driven by GARY RAY HOLZHOUSER, age 54, from Scio.
 
The Mazda split apart shortly after coming to an uncontrolled stop east of the crash scene.
VINTON was transported by REACH Air Ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. Troopers investigating the crash have not determined if VINTON was using safety restraints.
 
CARTER and HOLZHOUSER were transported to Albany General Hospital with minor injuries. Both were using safety restraints.
 
Two passengers in the Ford pickup identified as JORDAN WOOD, age 21, and LOREN WOOD, age 26, also from Scio, were not injured. They were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers investigating the crash report several driving complaints involving the Mazda were phoned into Linn County Sheriff's Office and they were attempting to find it when the crash happened.
 
Linn County Sheriff's Office, local emergency responders and ODOT assisted at the scene. Length of highway closure is not available.