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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 551 south of Aurora
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Hubbard-area woman died Monday evening after losing control of the pickup she was driving and crashing into trees along Highway 551 about one mile south of Aurora. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fatal traffic crash.
According to OSP Trooper Jennifer Johnson, on September 12, 2011 at approximately 6:34 p.m. a 2007 Ford F150 pickup driven by MICHELE M. McLAUGHLIN, age 50, from Hubbard, was northbound on Highway 551 near milepost 5. For an unknown reason, the pickup traveled off the roadway onto the gravel shoulder where McLAUGHLIN lost control. The pickup went down an embankment and struck two trees before coming to an uncontrolled stop.
Aurora Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance arrived and pronounced McLAUGHLIN deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.
ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control while the highway was closed about five hours with a detour in place.