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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 / Highway 229 near Toledo
Lieutenant Mike Turner
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354
Richard Hargrave, Deputy Director
ODFW Information & Education Division
Office: (503) 947-6020

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20 at the intersection of Highway 229 in the Toledo area. The crash, which was witnessed by an on-duty Toledo police officer, resulted in the death of an Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) wildlife biologist.

On October 25, 2010 at approximately 3:37 p.m. a 2004 Chevrolet passenger car driven by MARTHA LOCKHART, age 82, from Olivehurst, California, was stopped facing north on Highway 229 at the intersection with Highway 20. The Chevrolet began to cross Highway 20 directly in the path of an eastbound 2006 Freightliner truck pulling an empty pole trailer operated by MICHAEL McCUEN, age 57, from Fall Creek. The Chevrolet struck the passenger side of the Freightliner truck leading to the pole trailer flipping onto its side and colliding with a westbound 2006 Chevrolet pickup pulling a small utility trailer driven by ODFW employee TAMARA ELIZABETH WAGNER, age 52, from Lincoln City.

During the collision the pole trailer detached and became entangled with the Chevrolet pickup, coming to an uncontrolled stop blocking the westbound lane of Highway 20. The Chevrolet passenger car driven by LOCKHART came to rest on the south shoulder of Highway 20. The Freightliner truck came to a stop just east of the crash scene on the south shoulder.

WAGNER was pronounced deceased at the scene. The pickup she was operating is registered to the State of Oregon.

LOCKHART was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

McCUEN was not injured.

All three people were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office, with the assistance of OSP collision reconstructionists from Newport and Springfield offices, are leading the investigation.  OSP was assisted at the scene by Toledo Police Department, Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Toledo Fire Department, and ODOT.  The intersection was closed for approximately 7 hours.
According to ODFW, WAGNER worked for their agency for 21 years and was currently the Assistant District Biologist.
"The ODFW family is in mourning.  Tami Wagner was very well liked and well respected - both in the agency and in the community - our hearts go out to her family," said Rick Klumph, ODFW Watershed Manager.  "She gave so much of herself to the work and always tried to find a positive solution to any problem.  Really, the loss is immeasurable."