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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 northwest of Madras
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday night's fatal traffic crash involving a pickup and commercial truck on Highway 26 about four miles northwest of Madras. The crash resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others.
According to Trooper Justin Hyser, on October 1, 2011 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a 2002 Ford pickup driven by ANTHONY W. BLUEBACK, age 19, from Warm Springs, was southbound on Fir Lane when it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 26. The pickup crashed into the right side of a westbound Freightliner truck and semi-trailer driven by CHARLES D. McCONAHA, age 55, from Auburn, Washington.
After impact, the pickup traveled off the highway and came to an uncontrolled stop on the north side of Highway 26. The truck and semi-trailer came to a stop in the westbound lane.
The pickup's right front passenger identified as WILLIAM JAMES TRIMBLE, age 43, from Warm Springs, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
BLUEBACK and rear passengers DAVID BRIAN LeCLAIRE, age 23, and 3-year old APAULLO LeCLAIRE, both from Warm Springs, were injured. BLUEBACK was transported by Airlink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. The two rear passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Mt. View Hospital in Madras with non-life threatening injuries.
McCONAHA was not injured.
The 3-year old child was not in a child safety seat and was only using a safety belt. Safety restraint use the other pickup occupants is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Madras and Bend offices are continuing the investigation.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Warm Springs Police Department, area fire personnel and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed about 5 hours during the scene investigation.