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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 east of Albany
08/07/2009
Lieutenant Mark Cotter
Oregon State Police - Albany
(541) 967-2026

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Two people were killed Friday afternoon in a head-on crash on Highway 20 east of Albany.
 
On August 7, 2009, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 1999 Saturn 4-door, operated by Michelle Irma Eldridge, age 46, from Lebanon, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 9. The Saturn began to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with an eastbound 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Both Eldridge and the operator of the motorcycle, Rick Dale Stephenson, age 50, of Kelso, WA, were deceased at the scene.
 
Stephenson was traveling with another motorcycle rider who was following at a short distance behind and witnessed the crash. The second rider was not injured.
 
Eldridge was wearing safety restraints. She had reportedly recently moved to the Lebanon area from Phoenix, AZ.
 
Stephenson was wearing a protective helmet.
 
The investigation is being conducted by troopers from the Oregon State Police Albany Area Command. Troopers on the scene were assisted by the Albany Police Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Lebanon Fire Department. The Washington State Patrol assisted with notification of next-of-kin.
 
The highway was closed for 2 1/2 hours. Traffic was detoured by ODOT.