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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Valley Junction
09/17/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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One person died and three others, all Willamina High School students, were injured Wednesday morning during a crash involving their pickup and a commercial truck on Highway 22 about one mile west of Valley Junction. Speed is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Brad Hessel, on September 17, 2008 at approximately 8:36 a.m. a Ford Ranger extended cab pickup driven by ANTHONY THOMAS GORRETTA, age 18, from Grand Ronde, was eastbound on Highway 22 negotiating a right curve when it lost control and crossed the center line. The pickup collided with a westbound commercial truck driven by RAYBON DEAN THOMPSON, age 38, from Cloverdale.
 
The pickup's right rear passenger, TAMARA L. COILA, age 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints. COILA reportedly attended Canby High School before entering Willamina High School for her senior year.
 
ANTHONY GORRETTA was transported by ground ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville where he was treated and released for minor injuries. He was using safety restraints.
 
Right front passenger, VINCENT GORRETTA, age 14, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University with serious injuries. He was using safety restraints.
 
Left rear passenger, JEFF HAGGARD, age 17, from Grand Ronde, was transported by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries and is in critical condition. He was using safety restraints.
 
THOMPSON was using safety restraints and was not injured.
 
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No enforcement action has been taken.
 
ODOT, West Valley Fire & Rescue, and Sheridan Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Highway 22 was closed until about 1:30 p.m.
 
Questions for Willamina High School should be directed to Principal Tim France at (503) 876-2545.