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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 west of Blodgett in Benton County
08/25/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash on Highway 20 just west of Blodgett involving an unloaded log truck and passenger vehicle. The crash resulted in the death of a 57-year old Redmond-area man.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Mark Cotter, on August 25, 2010 at approximately 9:50 a.m. a 2007 Honda Ridgeline driven by DUANE ASLE HAUGEN, age 57, from Redmond, was eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 37 when it crossed the centerline and collided with an unloaded westbound 1984 Peterbilt truck. HAUGEN was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints and his vehicle's airbags deployed.
 
Truck driver MICHAEL BROWN, age 57, from Philomath, was transported by REACH air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with non-life threatening injuries. Safety restraint use is pending investigation confirmation.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Philomath Fire Department, Blodgett Fire Department, and ODOT. NW Firefighters Environmental responded to handle a diesel spill at the scene.
 
Highway 20 was closed for three hours until it was open to one lane for both directions. ODOT remained on scene coordinating clean up efforts until the highway was completedly open this afternoon.