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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 near Wheeler
09/18/2011
Sergeant Greg Plummer
Oregon State Police - Tillamook
(503) 842-2899

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Two people, a father and his son from The Dalles, died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 101 south of Wheeler.  Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation.
 
On September 17, 2011 at approximately 3:14 p.m. a two vehicle traffic crash occurred on Highway 101 just south of Wheeler.  Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a southbound 2006 Dodge Caravan lost control on a left curve and spun into the northbound lane. The van was struck on the right side by a northbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.  Both vehicles were totaled as a result of the crash.
 
The Dodge Caravan's driver. BOBBI JOANNE RADCLIFFE, age 49, from The Dalles, was transported to Tillamook County General Hospital by ambulance where she was treated for minor injuries and released.
 
Two passengers, DOUGLAS LEE ARNOLD, age 71, and DOUGLAS CLARK ARNOLD, age 8, both from The Dalles, died at the scene.
 
Two additional passengers, SANDRA ARNOLD, age 45, and KIM ARNOLD, age 16, both also from The Dalles, were transported by ambulance to Tillamook County General Hospital. SANDRA ARNOLD was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. KIM ARNOLD was seriously injured and was transported by ambulance from Tillamook County General Hospital to Oregon Health & Sciences University.
 
The pickup's driver, CHAD PERDUE, age 47, and his passenger, AVEREE PERDUE, age 9, both from Castle Rock, Washington were transported by ambulance to Tillamook County General Hospital. They were both treated for minor injuries and later released.
 
Investigation revealed safety belts were used by all occupants of both vehicles.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Tillamook work site and the McMinnville Area Command Office are investigating the crash.
 
Assisting at the scene were the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Manzanita Department of Public Safety, Tillamook Ambulance, Pacific West Ambulance, Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue, Garibaldi Fire and Rescue, Rockaway Fire and Rescue and ODOT.