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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 18 east og Highway 101
08/26/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 18 in the Rose Lodge area that resulted in the death of a Salem man and injuries to his wife.
 
According to OSP Trooper Bryan Fitch, on August 26, 2009 at approximately 1:10 p.m. a 1998 Ford Mustang driven by SHANNON IVERSON, age 41, from Salem, was westbound on Highway 18 near milepost 5 and attempted to turn left onto North Bear Creek Road. The Ford turned directly in front of an eastbound 1996 Peterbuilt flatbed truck pulling a small trailer operated by JEFFREY ALLEN SMITH, age 51, from Eugene. After impact, the Ford came to a stop in the middle of the highway and the truck stopped in the ditch on the eastbound shoulder.
 
The Ford's passenger, DWIGHT F. IVERSON, age 53, from Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints.
 
SHANNON IVERSON was initially transported by Pac West ambulance to North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City before being transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Her injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. Safety restraint use has not been confirmed.
 
SMITH, who was driving for Bespec Industries out of Eugene, was using safety restraints and received minor injuries. He was not transported for treatment.
 
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Multi-Agency Traffic Crash Team and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. Other agencies assisting at the scene included Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police Department, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and ODOT.
 
Highway 18 was closed about 4 1/2 hours at the crash scene location.