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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 north of Madras
08/18/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A Clackamas-area woman died and six others were injured Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 north of Madras. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of this fatal traffic crash.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Chris Seber, on August 17, 2008 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a 2001 Ford F150 pickup driven by TODD A. RHODEN, age 45, from Redmond, was eastbound on Highway 26 near NW Boise Drive when it collided with the left front corner and side of a westbound 1995 Toyota Previa van driven by ELIZABETH JEAN DUKE, age 38, from Clackamas. After impact, the van came to a stop on the westbound shoulder and the pickup stopped in the westbound lane.
 
ELIZABETH DUKE was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her husband and son were transported to Mountain View Hospital in Madras. PAUL DUKE, age 39, received minor injuries, and JACOB DUKE, age 7, received serious injuries.
 
Four occupants of the Ford pickup were transported by ambulance to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. RHODEN was transported to Mountain View Hospital and has reportedly been treated and released. The pickup passengers were identified as MICHELLE HALE, age 36; TAMARA HALE, age 17; and, TARYN GIBSON, age 17. All three passengers are from Redmond and were reportedly transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond. As of Monday morning, that hospital did not have record of them still being treated there.
 
Safety restraint use is pending confirmation by investigating troopers.
 
OSP troopers from the Madras Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Madras Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
Highway 26 was closed 5 1/2 hours during the investigation.