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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Southside Bypass in Klamath Falls
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives are continuing the investigation into a Klamath Falls-area Thursday evening fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Dorris, California couple and critical injuries to their great-grandson. The offending driver and a passenger received minor injuries and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor. This crash is a reminder of why police officers in Oregon and around the country are stepping up enforcement efforts this holiday weekend to prevent crashes and remove impaired drivers from the road.
According to OSP Lieutenant Jason Westfall, on September 2, 2010 at approximately 7:02 p.m. a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by CARRIE AMES, age 22, from Klamath Falls, was eastbound on the Southside Bypass near Washburn Way when it veered across the center line and collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Dodge Stratus driven by DON BARTON, age 66, from Dorris, California.
DON BARTON and his wife, DONNA BARTON, age 62, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Their 6-year old great-grandson, DABA PHILLIPS, also from Dorris, was critically injured. The victims were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed. DABA was in a child booster seat in the right rear seating location. He was transported by air ambulance to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.
AMES and passenger JACKIE MANKINS, age 18, from Klamath Falls, were transported by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with minor injuries. Both were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.
OSP patrol troopers and Criminal Investigations Division detectives from Klamath Falls and Central Point area command offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT assisted at the scene. California Highway Patrol assisted OSP with next of kin notification.
Police officers in Oregon and around the country started stepping up impaired driving enforcement efforts August 20, and are keeping the pressure on through the holiday weekend, September 3 - 6. Coinciding with efforts to remove impaired drivers off the road is a statewide effort running August 30 through September 12 monitoring safety belt usage, with an emphasis on child passengers.
Labor Day holiday-related safety information and reminders were previously provided in a news release sent August 31. This release is available on our website.